Is the social market economy possible in Lebanon?

Can the Lebanese economy become competitive (again)?

Will the social lift get going again?

Lebanon's current political rout, economic inefficiency and social downturn are not conducive to optimism. Conversely, the answer can be triply positive, as it is true that a bet on the intelligence of the Lebanese is likely to be won. All in all, there are as many reasons to fear as to hope for the future of the country and it will be up to the Lebanese community to tilt the balance in one direction rather than in the other.

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  • These words constitute a first reaction to Nicolas Chammas' outstanding book on "L’avenir socio-économique du Liban en questions". I indeed require a respite from my social and material obligations in order to reflect upon the analyses and recommendations the author proposes. I was also surprised to note how young he was, born in 1963.

    – Charles Hélou, former President of the Republic.

  • This relevant and meticulous book provides us with substantial material that will enrich the all-important debate about the social and economic future of Lebanon.

    – Hervé de Charette, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of France
  • From Gabriel Menassa to Fouad Chéhab and Nicolas Chammas, realistic reforms have been proposed with smartness and courage. This represents an indisputable sign that intelligence and social responsibility refuse to either surrender or to desert Lebanon, which is reassuring about the future of our Nation.

    – Georges Corm, Minister of Finance
  • I would like to declare my appreciation for my colleague Zaher al-Khatib , who referred yesterday [during the confidence vote to the government] to the book of Nicolas Chammas about the "L’avenir socio-économique du Liban en questions". I wish that the ruling class in the country reads this publication, for Nicolas Chammas graduated from Harvard, and not from a socialist or communist university, and he therefore presents a liberal point of view. For this reason, we will grant the government a conditional confidence.

    – Walid Joumblat, former Minister of the Displaced

  • In a recently published 622-page blueprint for rescuing his homeland from political distress, social injustice, and economic inefficiency, Chammas has added his voice to those pondering Lebanon's strategy for the next century. "It is not forbidden for a small country to have big ambitions" , Chammas has written. In keeping with that belief, he is doing all he can to point Lebanon in a direction that will turn dreams of peace and prosperity into reality.

    – James Aisner, Contributing Editor, Harvard Business School Bulletin

Bibliographic Information

Title : L’avenir socio-économique du Liban en questions: éléments de réponse
Author : Nicolas Chammas
Brooch : 622 pages
Publisher : Harvard Business School, Club of Lebanon (1995)
Language : French
ISBN : 2-9509660-0-4