Syria: Strong State Versus Social Cleavages

  title={Syria: Strong State Versus Social Cleavages},
  author={Hiroyuki Aoyama},
  • Hiroyuki Aoyama
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science
  • This chapter analyses the process through which post-independent Syria enjoyed political stability as a “strong state” with a focus on the notion of social cleavages. The first section provides a reading of the historical formation of social cleavages in Syria since the French Mandate (1920–1946). It is argued that social cleavages were established and firmly solidified by the French authorities. The second section reveals how social cleavages and politics were interrelated under the post… CONTINUE READING