Date of Award

Summer 7-1-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science


Hermann, Margaret G.


Hezbollah, Social service provisions

Subject Categories

International and Area Studies | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Hezbollah is a unique organization that acts as a transnational group, an insurgent group and a major political party in Lebanon. Since the founding of Hezbollah, they have found social service provisions to be an important aspect of their organization and have had immense control over the territory, acting as a state within the state of Lebanon. Hezbollah offers an organizational structure, a conflict resolution mechanism, healthcare, education and much more to their primarily Shi'a constituents, however to other sects as well. My master's thesis seeks to examine the reasons that Hezbollah does offer these social service provisions. Through the lens of rebel governance, I hypothesize that it is for both strategic and ideological reasons. I then provide an empirical analysis of my hypothesis, using evidence of what Hezbollah does, their leadership, historical reasoning and statements.


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