Externalising EU Migration Policies in Times of Democracy

  • Sabine Dini
  • Caterina Giusa
Part of the Mobility & Politics book series (MPP)


This chapter presents a theoretical apparatus based on the Foucauldian conception of power by addressing Tunisian civil society as being caught in a device of governmentality. It starts by contextualising the externalisation of the EU migration policies in post-revolutionary Tunisia to highlight the role assigned in the process to civil society. It is stressed that the so-called “vibrant civil society” proves to be a crucial operative category for the EU externalisation device. Indeed, civil society, far from being a mundane realisation of democracy, appears to be an effective tool to channel the conduct, representations, and normative categories of Tunisian citizens regarding EU migration issues.


Externalisation Migration Civil society Governmentality Tunisia 


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  • Sabine Dini
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  • Caterina Giusa
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  1. 1.University of Sorbonne Paris NordVilletaneuseFrance

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