Post-Arab Spring Tunisia: women’s political participation and political decentralisation

Admira Dini Salim, International Foundation for Electoral Systems Increasing Women’s Political Participation in Indonesia Indonesia’s performance on gender equality is lagging. The UNDP Gender Equality Index ranks it 108 out of 187 countries. Civil society continues to fight for change. A lower proportion of women  than men are registered to vote, but turnout is better … Continue reading Post-Arab Spring Tunisia: women’s political participation and political decentralisation

Post-Arab Spring Tunisia: local government in Indonesia, a start-up democracy, and the youth

Greg Barton, Alfred Deakin Institute Indonesian democratic transition: an examination of the vital elements Barton argues that we can now call Tunisia a successful democratic transition, as elections have been  held with limited violence and instability. There are important parallels with Indonesia, which is democratic (although not without its problems), well-educated and literate, well-connected, globalised, … Continue reading Post-Arab Spring Tunisia: local government in Indonesia, a start-up democracy, and the youth

Post-Arab Spring Tunisia, session 2: local government,

I presented in the second session, so my notes are more limited here. Still, two very interesting papers from Belhassen Turki and Therese Pearce Laanela. Belhassen Turki, Tunisian Local Governance Project Local Democracy and Territorial Reform in Tunisia Turki's presentation drew on long experience in developing local government to talk about the Tunisian Local Governance … Continue reading Post-Arab Spring Tunisia, session 2: local government,

Post-Arab Spring Tunisia: Women and Democratic Transitions

This panel drew on both Tunisian and Indonesian perspectives, with Admira Dini Salim and Dina Afrianty talking about the Indonesian experience, and Najla Abbes, Ghazoua Ltaief, and Ines Ben Youssef speaking about Tunisia. (More about these speakers in the program.) We began with a general overview of the situation from the speakers. Admira Dini Salim: … Continue reading Post-Arab Spring Tunisia: Women and Democratic Transitions

Post-Arab Spring Tunisia, session 3: decentralisation and intercultural practice

Saber Houchati, National Federation of Tunisian Cities Constitutional Transition, Decentralisation and Local Electoral Processes in Tunisia This presentation went into more detail about the process of decentralisation currently under way in Tunisia. The 7th chapter of the constitution sets out three levels of elected bodies: municipalities, regions, and districts. Subsidiarity is, Houchati noted again, a … Continue reading Post-Arab Spring Tunisia, session 3: decentralisation and intercultural practice

Post-Arab Spring Tunisia: Decentralisation and Democracy

My notes from the first session, providing a critical understanding of decentralisation, and placing that within the context of Tunisia and Indonesia: Fethi Mansouri, Alfred Deakin Institute The Democratic Process in Tunisia: Conditions for Consolidations and Future Outlook This paper addresses interconnected issues around democratic transition in the Arab world. There were a number of … Continue reading Post-Arab Spring Tunisia: Decentralisation and Democracy

Post-Arab Spring Tunisia: Decentralisation and Local Democracy

Building on the research Christalla Yakinthou and I recently publishing on Internet governance in Tunisia, I'll be speaking at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation's symposium, Post-Arab Spring Tunisia: Decentralisation and Local Democracy in July. There's an amazing line-up of speakers, including many people who seem to be at the forefront of work … Continue reading Post-Arab Spring Tunisia: Decentralisation and Local Democracy