Tunisia

Stability and Reform in the Modern Maghreb

By Christopher Alexander

© 2010 – Routledge

146 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book gives a concise yet comprehensive overview of Tunisia’s political and economic development from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Written specifically for a non-specialist audience, the book examines the factors that make Tunisia one of the Arab world’s most stable and prosperous countries and one of its hardiest authoritarian orders. The author explores these themes in a way that sheds light on the political dynamics of the broader Arabic-speaking, Muslim world.

Christopher Alexander draws on extensive primary and secondary research and on comparison with other countries in the region to provide the most up-to-date introduction to Tunisia's post-independence politics. Challenging the notion that Tunisia’s stability is rooted in a unique political culture, he argues that Tunisia’s stability reflects the pragmatic interests of a wide range of actors and the skillful maneuvering of the country’s two presidents. Concisely written chapters cover topics such as:

  • state formation
  • domestic politics
  • economic development
  • foreign relations
  • colonialism

An essential inclusion on courses on Middle Eastern politics, African politics, and political science in general, this accessible introduction to Tunisia will also be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about this significant region.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. State-Building and Independence in Tunisia 2. Authoritarianism and Stability in Tunisian Politics 3. Stability, Reform, and Development in Tunisia’s Economy 4. Tunisia and the World 5. Stability, Reform, and Tunisia’s Future

About the Author

Christopher Alexander is the John and Ruth McGee Director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program at Davidson College, North Carolina, USA. He also teaches courses in International Relations and Middle East Politics in Davidson’s Department of Political Science.

About the Series

The Contemporary Middle East

The Contemporary Middle East Series provides the first systematic attempt at studying the key actors of the dynamic, complex and strategically important MENA region, employing an innovative common format which in each case study provides an easily-digestible analysis of the origins of the state, its contemporary politics, economics and international relations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS026000
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies