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Centre for the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa


The Tunisian economy is in turmoil. Nearly half of all Tunisians work as vendors in the informal – that is, illegal – economy.
In this ground-breaking new study, Tunisia scholar Dr. L. Michalak draws links between the informal economy and informal politics in this post-Arab Spring state attempting to construct a politics of pluralism.
Based on years of fieldwork, the talk provides an ethnographic dimension to statistical studies of informality, while offering a powerful critique to the popular ‘formalizing the informal’ policy approach to solving the ‘problem’ of informal commerce.

Tuesday, 5 May, 2015 - 12:30 to 14:00
Contact name: 
Élise Lapaire
Contact email: 
Contact phone: 
01223 334 573
Event location: 
Alison Richard Building, Room S1

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