From the Streets to the Polls: When Lebanese Activists Leave Their “Comfort Zone”
This paper sheds the light on the movement’s innovative way of blurring the lines between institutional and street politics. It reveals how the activists embarked on a different road while remaining faithful to their roots; how they engaged in electoral politics while maintaining their “alter-activism” culture. It discusses how the political victory of the movement lies far beyond the score itself; highlighting how it succeeded in disrupting the Lebanese electoral scene, challenging the old-ways and imposing a more democratic practice. Its citizen-centric and community-based approach, horizontal and leaderless structure opened spaces of dialogues and reconnected citizens with politics. Likewise its issue driven platform challenged the traditionally “personality-based” campaign, revamped electoral practices and asserted that electoral politics can no longer be reduced to sectarian loyalties.