In a recent article, Intissar Kherigi examined the case of Tunisia and discussed whether decentralization can help achieve greater local development in peripheral regions without allowing the central state to withdraw from its obligations to citizens. The article also explored the possibility of envisaging new forms of local development within the framework of highly centralized Arab states and how the state can reconfigure its relations with local communities in the context of severe political and economic crises.
In this webinar, part of the Chatham House project on the future of the state in the Middle East and North Africa, the article’s author will address the unfolding processes of decentralization in Tunisia since 2011 and will discuss whether decentralization can be a driver for democratization and economic development.
Intissar Kherigi, Co-founder, Jasmine Foundation
Moderator: Lina Khatib, Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House