image description



University of Aix-Marseille

Bucerius Dissertation Completion Scholarship

Entering Politics in Times of Revolution: Becoming a Legitimate and Professional Deputy of the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (2011-2014)


The constituent elections held on October 23,2011 in Tunisia implied a renewal of the political elites. This research focuses on the professionalising and legitimising process of this new political body. The ethnographic fieldwork in the assembly during the constitutional process conducted and in the district of Kasserine during and after the 2014 elections enables to grasp what it means to become a deputy not only inside the assembly but also in one’s district. It allows for a better understanding of how one gets into politics and of the process of stabilization of their position in a context of revolution. The study argues that these political practices are inherited from the former regime while being updated and adjusted to the new context.

A former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Sciences Po Paris, Déborah Perez is currently writing a Ph.D. dissertation in political science in SciencesPo Aix, Aix-Marseille University, and is associated to the Centre Maurice Halbwachs (ENS-EHESS). She studied Arabic in Tunisia and interned various public institutions before teaching political science in Paris.

back to list FELLOWS 2018