Transitional Justice in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia (2011–2013)

How the Past Shapes the Future

  • Domenica Preysing

Part of the Politik und Gesellschaft des Nahen Ostens book series (PGNO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. Domenica Preysing
    Pages 15-24
  3. State of research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Domenica Preysing
      Pages 41-56
  4. Findings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Domenica Preysing
      Pages 95-121
    3. Domenica Preysing
      Pages 161-177
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 179-204

About this book


Domenica Preysing offers a critical reading of “transitional justice” that focuses on political dynamics in post-revolutionary Tunisia, from the ouster of president Ben Ali in January 2011 until the adoption of transitional justice bill in December 2013. She explores the role, structure and characteristics of evolving transitional justice policy discourse to provide a better understanding of how, by who, and to what effect the policy label “transitional justice” is progressively filled with meaning. She shows that conflicting interpretations of both the past and the present have been both deeply embedded in and an expression of the dynamic context of domestic political transformation, as old and new elites struggle over the political identity and direction of post-Ben Ali Tunisia.



  • Transitional Justice Discourse in Transition
  • Post-structuralist Political Discourse Theory
  • From Discourse Theory to Discourse Analysis
  • A Brief Chronology of Political Transition in Tunisia
  • “Transitional Justice” in Political Transition
  • Lustration: The Discursive Struggle over Political Exclusion
  • Reparations: The Discursive Struggle for Recognition

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in political science and Middle East Studies
  • Practitioners in the field of foreign policy and development cooperation

The Author

Domenica Preysing has spent several years working in development policy, research and consulting with a special focus on the Middle East.


Discourse analysis Post-structuralist Political Discourse Theory Discourse Theory Political Transition in Tunisia Political Exclusion

Authors and affiliations

  • Domenica Preysing
    • 1
  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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