This book provides a historical context for understanding why regional disparities emerged in Tunisia and why reducing those disparities has been so difficult. It implies that the failure of regional development in Tunisia does not lie in regional planning, which had never been seriously tried.
Part One: Development, Underdevelopment and the Transition's Dilemmas 1. Introduction 2. Modernization, Development Theory and the Question of ''Transition" Part Two: Regional Disparity and the Question of Transition in Tunisia 3. Growth, Development, Regional Disparity and the Tunisian Dilemma 4. The Historical Roots of Regional Disparity 5. Regional Disparity and Regional Development Policies in the Postcolonial Period: 1960–1980 Part Three: Towards Rethinking the Regional Question 6. The Impossible "Jacobin" Regionalization 7. Conclusions: Rethinking the Regional Question 8. Epilogue