Monday 18 March 2019, 12:15 - 14:15

Political Decentralisation in Tunisia

CCDP Working Paper Launch

Venue: Auditorium A2, Maison de la paix

This lunchtime event features CCDP Research Associate Souhaïl Belhadj presenting his latest paper entitled: "Décentraliser dans la Tunisie post-autoritaire: L’émergence d’un pouvoir local face aux limites imposées par le consensus sécuritaire" published as CCDP Working Paper No. 13.

In the wake of the 2011 popular uprisings that led to the demise of the Ben Ali regime, decentralization came to be seen as a key element of overcoming Tunisia’s authoritarian legacy. Yet the euphoria of the so-called “Arab Spring” has not led to the political transformation anticipated. While Tunisia’s new Constitution of 2014 foresees a wide-reaching devolution of power to the local level, the mutually reinforcing dynamics between chronic insecurity and the maintenance of the (centralized) state apparatus has curtailed attempts to establish genuine political representation and accountable institutions – in the security sector and beyond.

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