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challenges and prospects
Decentralization in Tunesia

  • 2016
  • Baccouche, Néji
  • Aufsatz/Enthaltenes Werk

The Tunisian constitution of January 27th 2014 has opted for a decentralized Republic. The Article 14 imposes on the state an obligation to strengthen and implement decentralization throughout the territory as part of the unity of the state. One of the major contributions of the Constitution is to reserve an entire chapter to "local authority". Therefore, decentralization is no longer a simple administrative organization or a pure territorial management by the state. It is, in fact, the recognition of a real local power which is separated and different from the central government through a strong autonomy. This major change occurred after the revolution of 2011 that led to a constitutional and political break of the old regime.