[P5891] Decentralization and Local Governance in Tunisia

Created by Salih Yasun
Tuesday, 10/06/20 01:30 pm


This panel will focus on a historical and contemporary analysis of local governance in Tunisia. What are the historical roots of local institutional governance, and how did the colonialism, independence, and the post-revolution events shape them? We will examine the development of local institutions from the Ottoman and French periods and the path dependent effects that they have had on local governance today. Despite the initial optimism following the 2018 Municipal Law, widespread resignations continue to paralyze local governance structures as the citizenship trust in municipalities continues to remain low, thus hardening back to legacies of authoritarianism. We will address the issues leading to the current dysfunction of local governance structure in Tunisia.


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Chantal Berman

(Georgetown University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair;

Matthew Gordner

(University of Toronto)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Organizer; Presenter;

Muharrem Aytug Sasmaz

(Harvard University)
Aytug Sasmaz is a PhD candidate at Harvard University. Currently he is working on his dissertation project, which examines the challenges of party-building in the Mediterranean Middle East, particularly Tunisia, Turkey and Morocco. He is involved in research...
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant;

Salih Yasun

(Indiana University at Bloomington)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Lana Salman

(University of California Berkeley)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Intissar Kherigi

(Sciences Po Paris)
Intissar Kherigi is a PhD student at the University of Sciences Po Paris (CERI) specializing in the construction of decentralization reforms in Tunisia post-2011. Her work applies public policy frameworks to analyze the shifting institutional structures...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;