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PARTICIPATIVE
GOVERNANCE
PARTICIPATIVE GOVERNANCE
12. The merits of participative
governance
Introduction

We have drawn  below a list of the numerous
advantages that the Nation will derive from the
implementation of participative governance in Lebanon.
We have outlined eight areas of public governance that
require immediate attention and, in each case, we have
listed the benefits of associating the citizens to the
governance as well as the expected outcomes of this
association

THE MERITS OF PARTICIPATIVE GOVERNANCE

HOW PARTICIPATIVE GOVERNANCE CAN ASSIST IN
SOLVING SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT WE SUFFER FRO
M

ISSUE 1.- Lack of trust between Authorities and
citizens

1.1 Participation will make the citizens aware of the complexity of
the governance issues facing the Authorities.
1.2 Allowing the citizens to share in drawing up policies and
monitoring their implementation will raise the level of trust between
them and the Authorities
1.3   The citizens will acquire greater confidence in the State’s ability
to perform and govern.
1.4   New bonds will be forged between the State and the citizens
making it possible to conduct an open and effective dialogue to
resolve the pending political and social issues.

ISSUE 2.-Lack of transparency in governance

2.1  Participation will shed new lights on hitherto obscure areas of
governance
2.2  Participation will bring about an increased awareness of the
importance of good governance and the necessity to monitor their
usage adequately

ISSUE 3.- Marginalization of the citizens

3.1  The State will benefit, through participation, from the
competence and the expertise of some outstanding citizens.

3.2  The new opportunities offered to citizens will help reduce the
brain drain in Lebanon
3.3  Reducing the citizen’s marginalization will lead to a stronger
civic sense and bond to the country

ISSUE 4.-Uneven distribution of the tax burden

4.1  Participation will shed new lights on discriminatory policies in
the fiscal system
4,2  The influence of cartels and monopolies will be revealed and
curtailed
4.3  Citizens will become aware of the effects of indirect taxation on
the poorer segments of society and will call for a fairer fiscal policy
4.4  A reduction in the incidence of social unrest and civil
disturbances

ISSUE 5.-  Endemic corruption at all levels of Society

5.1  Participative governance will shed some light on many corrupt
practices within the Administration and will assist in reducing the
public deficit
5.3 Participative governance will ultimately serve to reduce the
country’s corruption index

ISSUE 6.-  Poor state of the infrastructure

6.1  Associating the citizen to the governance process will shed
some new lights on the existing failures of the current system
within the Administration.
6.2  Citizens will become more aware of the true needs of the
Nation in terms of infrastructure and will thus be brought to lobby
for improving its maintenance and developing its effectiveness.

ISSUE 7.-  Unbalanced economic development

7.1 Citizens who belong to neglected sectors of the economy, such
as Agriculture, Industry, and Tourism, will call for ending the
government’s policy of solely relying on boosting the construction
and the financial sectors.  
7.2 Participative governance will promote the creation of new
associations and cooperatives to participate with the Authorities in
boosting the output of all the ;productive sectors of the country’s
economy.

ISSUE 8.-  Poor quality of social services rendered

8.1 Through participative governance a wider spectrum of the
population will become aware of the poor quality of social services
rendered by the State and will therefore lobby for their improvement
8.2 The citizens who will be engaged in monitoring the governance
process will be able to ensure that the Authorities provide adequate
social services to the people without distinction.
8.3 Citizens who will thus become aware of the social inequalities
will lobby their deputies to introduce adequate legislation to
improve the size and the quality of these services.