Mediterranean Research Meeting edition:10 location:Florence, Italy date:25-28 March 2009
The New Public Management (NPM) principle of autonomization is being gradually incorporated into the MENA countries’ managerial systems of distribution of drinkable water, but not without difficulties. Whereas a combination of global processes, international pressures and national phenomena encourage MENA countries’ governments to strive to implement the autonomy issue through reforming programmes for the modernization of the water sector, an amalgamation of historical, environmental, cultural and structural-instrumental factors obstructs such attempts. This dialectic actuality is especially notable in the Tunisian casuistry. The present chapter concentrates on this Tunisian actuality to describe, analyze and explain from a political and managerial point of view the current situation of the autonomization of drinkable water management in the country.