The Other Side of a Neoliberal Miracle: Economic Reform and Political De-Liberalization in Ben Ali's Tunisia

  title={The Other Side of a Neoliberal Miracle: Economic Reform and Political De-Liberalization in Ben Ali's Tunisia},
  author={Gerasimos Tsourapas},
  journal={Mediterranean Politics},
  pages={23 - 41}
  • G. Tsourapas
  • Published 1 March 2013
  • Economics
  • Mediterranean Politics
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