American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)
The 2015 AIMS Annual Conference, “Linking Public Opinion and Political Action,” held May 30 - June 1, 2015 at CEMAT in Tunis, Tunisia is bringing together scholars and policymakers from North Africa and the US/Europe to examine the relationship between public opinion and government behavior and policymaking on a series of issues: governance and accountability, social service delivery, cultural and religious policy, and foreign policy. The goal is to examine the extent to which public opinion and elite behavior are congruent; to determine the reasons for convergence or divergence; to engage in theory-building regarding the relationship between public opinion and elite behavior; and, where possible, to offer suggestions about ways to narrow the gap between ordinary citizens and decision-makers.
Hosted by The Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT)
Conference Organizers: Mark Tessler (University of Michigan) and Ellen Lust (Yale University)