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Tripp, Charles (2014) Battlefields of the Republic - the struggle for public space in Tunisia. London: LSE Middle East Centre.

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Abstract

This paper argues that the Tunisian revolutionary moment of 2011 and its aftermath have opened up spaces that are capable of providing a framework for the agonistic politics associated with democratic possibility. Insurgent public space, an emerging plural public, as well as adversarial contests over the constitution of the republic display features that may help to build ‘conflictual consensus’ as part of a democratic future. These possibilities are constantly being re-enacted by Tunisians whose disagreements are real enough, but whose struggles are also establishing the boundaries of an emerging political field, loosely thought of as the ‘Tunisian Republic’. This is a bold and challenging undertaking, with potentially revolutionary implications, but it is also a precarious enterprise, given the forces that may yet threaten to encroach on public space and on the rights of the citizen.

Item Type: Monographs and Working Papers (Working Paper)
Keywords: Tunisian politics, republicanism, public space
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies > Centre for Comparative Political Thought
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2016 16:08
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/21670

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