Government and opposition share blame for increasing trends of polarization and populism, experts say

Expert Polls # 9, Georgian Institute of Politics, April 2019.

The ninth expert poll conducted by the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) explored the increasing trends of populism and polarization in Georgia. The GIP asked 34 renowned Georgian and foreign experts and scholars about the degree of populism and polarization in Georgian political parties and media outlets.

The experts were also asked what civil society and the international community can do to prevent the further strengthening of the two trends. Overall, the experts found that the government and opposition are equally responsible for rising populism and polarization in society. Moreover, it appears that overcoming the two challenges will be very difficult since they are connected to many political, cultural and socio-economic factors.  

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