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Who decides in today's Tunisia: analysing the construction of decentralization reforms in post-revolution Tunisia

Abstract : This thesis examines the politics of decentralization reforms in post-revolution Tunisia. It draws on a public policy framework to analyze decentralization policy-making processes between 2011 and 2020 and examine how decentralization was first placed on the policy agenda, how reforms were initiated, who the key actors were, their interests, their capacities for action, and how actors’ strategies are shaped by existing and new institutional and cognitive frameworks. It seeks to fill a gap in the current literature on the Arab world by taking policy-making processes seriously and analyzing the dynamics that shape decision-making by applying classical public policy concepts to the Tunisian transitional context. This thesis asks three main sets of questions: 1) How do we make sense of the choice to decentralize after the revolution in Tunisia? Why was the initial decision to decentralize taken? What is the link between revolution and decentralization? 2) In the context of a changing political regime, what role do different actors play today in the construction of policy? Who determines the detailed rules of decentralization, what balance of power is there between the actors, and what does this tell us about decision-making in post-revolution Tunisia? 3) How do centrally designed reforms address the realities of different spatial contexts, as populated by different groups, practices, representations and identities? What representations of space underlie the border reforms that are part of the decentralization process?
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Intissar Kherigi. Who decides in today's Tunisia: analysing the construction of decentralization reforms in post-revolution Tunisia. Political science. Institut d'études politiques de Paris - Sciences Po, 2021. English. ⟨NNT : 2021IEPP0013⟩. ⟨tel-03469299⟩



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