The Revolution and the Post-Revolution Political Arena
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This chapter analyzes the roots of the Tunisian revolution and the post-revolution situation of the country from a political sociology perspective. It begins by exploring the authoritarian bargain between the regime and the society and how it had gradually weakened. Then, it delves into the difficult and long democratic transition process with its multiple stages including the elections of 2011 and 2014. It argues that the constitutional edifice adopted in January 2014, after more than two years of intense interactions between the political parties and the civil society, shall be enacted in practice. Finally, it diagnoses the cohesion of the Tunisian society, identifies the evolution of its drivers and suggests the way forward for its consolidation.
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