Tunisians and democracy 7 years on

By Francesco Cavatorta
Submitted to Session P5147 (Reconsidering Tunisia: Revolutionary and Post Revolutionary Politics, Society, and Religion, 2018 Annual Meeting
Pol Science
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Using data from the Arab Barometer (3 rounds) and the Arab Transformations Project, the paper analyses the attitude towards democracy of ordinary citizens to explore issues surrounding the consolidation of democratic institutions. Seven years after the revolution, Tunisia has achieved considerable institutional success in line with the expectations of transition to democracy. However, dissatisfaction in the country is widespread, notably when it comes to socio-economic issues. in addition, trust in politicians and political parties is extremely low. The paper attempts to explain how individuals have perceived post-revolutionary changes. The analysis contributes to the wider debate on democracy in the arab world.