External Publications

Dec 20, 2018

Tunisia’s Fragile Democracy: Decentralization, Institution-Building and the Development of Marginalized Regions

Perspectives from the Region and Europe

Although Tunisia has made great strides over the past seven years, its democratization process remains fragile. Disillusionment with and distrust in the government, particularly high among the young, also manifest themselves in low voter turnout. To a great extent, this disillusionment stems from the various, persistent socio-economic problems which had led to the uprisings and the ouster of the former autocratic regime in 2011.


Especially in Tunisia’s historically marginalized regions, these issues remain a key challenge. To ensure that Tunisia’s democratic transition succeeds, targeted policies are essential to advance the country’s political, economic and social development and to regain the citizens’ trust in the state. This volume provides recommendations both for the Tunisian government, civil society and the EU.

The following working papers were written by participants of the workshop “Promotion of Think Tank Work on the Development of Marginalized Regions and Institution-Building in Tunisia,” organized by the German Council on Foreign Relations’ Middle East and North Africa Program in the summer and fall of 2018. The workshop is part of the program’s project on the promotion of think tank work in the Middle East and North Africa, which aims to strengthen the scientific and technical capacities of civil society actors in the region and the EU who are engaged in research and policy analysis and advice.

It is realized with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa e.V.). The content of the working papers does not reflect the opinion of the DGAP. Responsibility for the information and views expressed herein lies entirely with the authors.


Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Mohamed Lamine Bel Haj Amor, Arwa Ben Ahmed, Elhem Ben Aicha, Ahmed Ben Nejma, Laroussi Bettaieb, Zied Boussen, Giulia Cimini, Rim Dhaouadi, Jihene Ferchichi, Darius Görgen, Oumaima Jegham, Tahar Kechrid, Maha Kouas, Anne Martin, Ragnar Weilandt

Edited by Dina Fakoussa and Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid