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Ian M. Hartshorn


Social Dialogue Under The Gun in Tunisia

[Image of graffiti in El Mourouj, Tunisia. Image by Wael Ghabara/Wikimedia Commons]

Tunisia’s democratic transition has been idealized as the bright light of the Arab Uprisings. In addition to avoiding the bloody crackdowns of Egypt, Libya, and Syria, the country held the promise of making real gains on the issues of social justice—low wages, unequal development, and crony neoliberal capitalism—that triggered the uprising. Led in part by the country’s powerful trade union, the democratic transition was supposed to provide a re-energized economy, tripartite ...

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Ian M. Hartshorn


Dr. Ian M. Hartshorn is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Political Science. His research focuses on trade union politics both internationally and domestically, with a focus on the recent transitions in the Arab Middle East. His book project looks at the relationship between trade unionists and political movements before, during, and after the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia with special attention to the global labor movement.