Youth Policy in Tunisia: The Internationalization of Youth as a Public Policy Issue

Tunisia provides a particularly interesting angle for examining the complex articulation between the national and global power dynamics that are reshaping the landscape of youth policies. The paper deals with a specific aspect of youth policies, namely youth centres and youth organizations focused on informal education and civic participation, drawing on interviews with Tunisian senior officials and field coordinators of national and international youth policy institutions. It shows that, post-uprising, youth policies have shifted from a State monopoly to a field of competition with international stakeholders. Those two steps reflect evolving power dynamics affecting the position of young Tunisians in the international order.

Roma, IAI, May 2016, 15 p.
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1. Introduction
2. The National Phase of Tunisian Youth Policies: The Development of a State Monopoly to Oversee Young People
3. The International Phase of Youth Policies: Competition and the Emergence of a “Youth Market”

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