Limited Statehood in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Citizenship, Economy and Security

  • Ruth Hanau Santini

Part of the Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean book series (RTM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ruth Hanau Santini
    Pages 37-59
  3. Ruth Hanau Santini
    Pages 61-81
  4. Ruth Hanau Santini
    Pages 83-107
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 109-119

About this book


This book explores the complexity of the only widely-acclaimed successful democratic transition following the Arab uprisings of 2010-2011 – the Tunisian one. The country’s transformation, in terms of state-society relations across several analytical dimensions (citizenship, security, political economy, external relations), is looked at through the prism of statehood and of limited statehood in particular. The author illustrates how the balance of power and the relationship between the state and societal forces have been shaped and reshaped a number of times at key critical junctures by drawing on examples from very different policy arenas. The critical reading of statehood speaks beyond the Tunisian case study as notions of limited statehood can be applied, with different degrees of intensity and in some dimensions more than others, to most political systems in the Middle East and North Africa. Accessible for students, academics and professionals alike, the book illuminates the complexities and challenges of a successful, albeit still fragile, transition. 


Arab uprisings in Tunisia post-revolutionary Tunisia limited statehood in Tunisia citizenship in Tunisia Tunisian economy security in Tunisia Arab Spring in Tunisia state-society relations in Tunisia democratic transition in Tunisia statehood in the MENA region democracy in the MENA region Tunisian politics MENA politics political participation in Tunisia Tunisia and the EU Areas of Limited Statehood Tunisian Constitution 2014

Authors and affiliations

  • Ruth Hanau Santini
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Naples - L’OrientaleNaplesItaly

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