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The extraordinary politics of the Tunisian revolution: the process of constitution making

Sami Zemni (UGent)
(2015) MEDITERRANEAN POLITICS. 20(1). p.1-17
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To understand the current stalemate in the drafting process of the Tunisian constitution, it is important to fathom the path Tunisia has chosen to walk since President Ben Ali fled the country. This article apprehends the post-Ben Ali era as a period of extraordinary politics, i.e. a moment of explicit self-institution of society in which popular participation, following Kalyvas' analysis, aims to transform the institutions of state as well as social imaginaries, cultural orientations and economic structures. It analyses the period following Ben Ali's departure as one in which the organization of free elections and the writing of a new constitution by an elected Constituent Assembly not as a technical process of institution-building aimed at creating a new political system, but as a re-constitutive phase of the political. This phase aims at the radical transformation of power relations within state and society and strives for the re-invention of society itself.
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Arab Spring, Contitution-making, Revolution, Tunisia

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Zemni, Sami. “The Extraordinary Politics of the Tunisian Revolution: The Process of Constitution Making.” MEDITERRANEAN POLITICS 20.1 (2015): 1–17. Print.
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Zemni, Sami. (2015). The extraordinary politics of the Tunisian revolution: the process of constitution making. MEDITERRANEAN POLITICS, 20(1), 1–17.
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Zemni, Sami. 2015. “The Extraordinary Politics of the Tunisian Revolution: The Process of Constitution Making.” Mediterranean Politics 20 (1): 1–17.
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Zemni, Sami. 2015. “The Extraordinary Politics of the Tunisian Revolution: The Process of Constitution Making.” Mediterranean Politics 20 (1): 1–17.
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Zemni S. The extraordinary politics of the Tunisian revolution: the process of constitution making. MEDITERRANEAN POLITICS. 2015;20(1):1–17.
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S. Zemni, “The extraordinary politics of the Tunisian revolution: the process of constitution making,” MEDITERRANEAN POLITICS, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 1–17, 2015.
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  abstract     = {To understand the current stalemate in the drafting process of the Tunisian constitution, it is important to fathom the path Tunisia has chosen to walk since President Ben Ali fled the country. This article apprehends the post-Ben Ali era as a period of extraordinary politics, i.e. a moment of explicit self-institution of society in which popular participation, following Kalyvas' analysis, aims to transform the institutions of state as well as social imaginaries, cultural orientations and economic structures. It analyses the period following Ben Ali's departure as one in which the organization of free elections and the writing of a new constitution by an elected Constituent Assembly not as a technical process of institution-building aimed at creating a new political system, but as a re-constitutive phase of the political. This phase aims at the radical transformation of power relations within state and society and strives for the re-invention of society itself.},
  author       = {Zemni, Sami},
  issn         = {1362-9395},
  journal      = {MEDITERRANEAN POLITICS},
  keywords     = {Arab Spring,Contitution-making,Revolution,Tunisia},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {1--17},
  title        = {The extraordinary politics of the Tunisian revolution: the process of constitution making},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13629395.2013.874108},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2015},
}

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