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Transitional Constitutionalism: The Role of INGOs in Tunisia's Constitution-Making Process

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Title: Transitional Constitutionalism: The Role of INGOs in Tunisia's Constitution-Making Process
Author: Cornwall, Karry-Ann
Department: Department of Political Science
Program: Political Science
Advisor: Clark, Janine
Abstract: This thesis is the investigation of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) and their role in Tunisia’s constitution-making. While the literature acknowledges that external actors may influence the development of a constitution within the context of regime change, there is a lack of empirical investigation into the particular role of INGOs and a theoretical discussion of the implications. Using Tunisia as a case study, this project conducts a small-n qualitative study in order to fill these gaps. This research finds that INGOs directly and indirectly influenced the constitution-making process through constituent members and the constituent assembly, and through local civil society. This research also finds that while this influence raises theoretical concerns, it was normatively beneficial as it enhanced the democratic legitimacy of the constitution and the state more broadly.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10340
Date: 2017-04
Rights: Attribution-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada


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