Amel Mili


Common wisdom, and development theory hold that gender standards and democratic standards go hand in hand, in the sense that countries that uphold high standards of gender equality are the same as countries that uphold high standards of democratic governance. Even though this principle appears intuitively appealing, it is disproved by empirical measures I have collected on the recent history of the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia). In this paper, I report on my empirical experiments and submit tentative justifications for their outcome.

Author Biography

Amel Mili holds a PhD from Rutgers University in Global Affairs, a Master in Global Affairs from Rutgers University, a Master in Public Administration from the University of Tunis and a JD in Private Law from the University of Tunis. From 1991 to 2009, and with the exception of a leave of absence to do her PhD, Dr. Mili served as a Magistrate in the Administrative Tribunal of Tunis, Tunisia.