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Liberalization against Democracy : The Local Politics of Economic Reform in Tunisia

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"... a very important contribution to contemporary debates on economic and political reform in developing countries. Based on interviews King conducted himself, this is an honest, unvarnished examination and critique of propositions that are treated like gospel." -Lisa AndersonIn Liberalization against Democracy, Stephen J. King argues that, in contrast to prevailing views, pro-market economic reforms in Tunisia did not foster democratization. Instead, state-led economic liberalization facilitated the reorganization of authoritarian rule and contributed to the subversion of democratic tendencies at both the national and local levels. In addition to King's analysis of neo-liberal economic transformation and regime change at the national level, his book offers a rare local-level analysis of these processes, based on the author's extensive fieldwork in the rural community of Tebourba. King's focus on the local level of analysis is particularly valuable. His community study shows firsthand how local elites have manipulated cultural traditionalism in order to sustain market-oriented reforms. This rich account clearly delineates the pathways by which pro-market reforms in Tunisia have fostered corporatism, clientelism, and authoritarianism.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 161.5 x 232.7 x 13.2mm | 281.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 4 b&w photos, 1 maps, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253215838
  • 9780253215833

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"... a very important contribution to contemporary debates on economic and political reform in developing countries. Based on interviews King conducted himself, this is an honest, unvarnished examination and critique of propositions that are treated like gospel." Lisa Andersonshow more

About Stephen J. King

STEPHEN J. KING is Assistant Professor of Government at Georgetown University.show more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: Chapter One: Liberalization against DemocracyChapter Two: Neo-liberal Transformation in TunisiaChapter Three: Marketization and The Retraditionalization of Local PoliticsChapter Four: Neo-traditionalism in TebourbaChapter Five: Structural Adjustment and the Small PeasantryChapter Six: The Politics of Emshow more

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