San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies presents
The Mood of Capital: Corruption Perception in Ben Ali's Tunisia
Featuring Hannes Baumann
Prior to the fall of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisian economic management received gushing reviews. The IMF and World Bank praised Ben Ali’s liberalising policies since 1987. The economy, manufacturing, and living standards all grew faster than in other non-oil Arab states. Tunisia’s “competent leadership” and its low level of corruption were seen as major causes of success. The “Jasmine Revolution” however has shattered Ben Ali’s clean image. The president and the Trabelsi clan of his wife Leila had enriched themselves on the back of the country’s business success. In his talk, Dr. Baumann will discuss why international corruption indicators missed the corruption of the Ben Ali regime and will address the debate about the usefulness and the limitations of corruption indices.
Dr. Hannes Baumann’s main research interests are in the political economy of development and the politics of ethnicity and nationalism. He is currently composing a book manuscript with the working title “Citizen Hariri: Conflict and reconstruction in Lebanon.” It is based on his PhD thesis, which he completed at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. Hannes Baumann has contributed chapters to two edited volumes: Franck Mermier and Sabrina Mervin’s Leaders et partisans au Liban and a volume edited by Are Knudsen and Michael Kerr with the title Lebanon: After the Cedar Revolution. He is also a features editor for the journal Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. He has previously worked at SOAS, King’s College London, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI); at CCAS, he is using his research background to teach a course on business and politics in the Arab world.
Lunch will be served.
Elisabeth Sexton, CCAS Public Affairs Coordinator
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