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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 entitled  'Merchants on the Margins:  The political-economy of the Tunisian street',  presented at the Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge, on May 5 2015, Tunisia scholar Dr. L. Michalak drew 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 provided 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.

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