Economic And Political Change In Tunisia / Edition 1

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This book examines the processes of economic and political reform in Tunisia, placing the current policies of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali within their historical context. Emma Murphy develops a theoretical understanding of the relationship between economic liberalization and political change in the Arab world, developing the concept of the disarticulation of the corporatist state and concluding that, despite efforts at democratization, an authoritarian political system is a more likely successor in the era of economic transformation.

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Emma Murphy's book is a particularly welcome addition to the small group of up-to-date studies of Tunisia. It provides an accessible introduction to Tunisia's modern poltical economy, focusing on the relationship between economic restructuring and political change since independence. Journal of North African Studies

Taking Tunisia since its independence as a case study, Murphy (Middle East politics, U. of Durham) examines the relationship between economic liberalization and political reform and develops a theoretical approach to understanding the dysfunction of the corporatist state in the Arab world and the apparent retreat into authoritarian rather than democratic political systems. She contrasts the political system developed by Habib Bourguiba, the father of the post-independence state, with that of his successor, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312221423
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/15/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Emma C. Murphy is Lecturer in Middle Eastern Politics at the Center for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Durham.

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Table of Contents

• Economic Liberalization and the State of the Developing World: From Corporatism to Authoritarianism
• The Rise and Fall of the Corporatist State in Tunisia, 1956-1986
• The Roots of Crisis: Economic Policy under Bourguiba, 1956-1987
• Macroeconomic Stabilization and Early Economic Reform: The Seventh Development Plan, 1987-1991
• The Consolidation of Structural Adjustment: The Eighth Development Plan, 1992-1996
• The Politics of Reconciliation and Reform, 1987-1990
• The Reassertion of the State, 1990-1997
• The Disarticulation of Multi-party Corporatism: State and Society under Ben Ali
• Index

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