Political Transition in Tunisia Despite Everything
Elite consensus and power sharing during times of division and polarisation are core characteristics of the Tunisian democratic path that have proved immensely valuable. For this reason, the Tunisian experience is rightly applauded internationally.
Still it would be inaccurate and misleading to measure Tunisia’s success story mainly by the ability of the political elite to generate consensus. Far more important is to evaluate this peculiar model of governance in terms of its ability to implement direly needed reforms, particularly in the social and economic realm that continues to rank highest on the list of people’s priorities, and its impact on society’s perception of democracy as the pathway to more individual and societal wellbeing and advancement.
The article was published as part of the MED 2017 report: LOOKING AHEAD: CHARTING NEW PATHS FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN