Can Georgia Deliver Democratic Elections?

* The Blog is originally published by PONARS Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia Commentary) Recently, Georgia’s ruling party, Georgian Dream (GD), proclaimed its intention to formally apply for EU membership in 2024, against all odds. The statement was made at an important time: just as the Black Sea coun...
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Polling Wars in Georgia: Can it undermine public trust?

Expert Comment #13 | October, 2020 In democracies, opinion polls are a vital tool which offers politicians, parties, legislators and policy-makers a unique glance at the views and preferences of the public. In recent months, the Georgian public has been bombarded with the results of various opinion ...
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On the Verge of Elections: Where is Georgia heading?

Givi Silagadze[1] Georgia approaches the decisive 2020 Parliamentary elections amid a shrinking national economy, the adjacent war in Nagorno-Karabakh, and an unprecedented public health crisis.  The past year has been especially dramatic for the ruling Georgian Dream party. They failed to deliver ...
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Political Apathy in Georgia: Why Don’t Young People Vote?

Nino Samkharadze[1] As the 2020 Parliamentary Elections approach, low electoral and political participation among young people remains an issue. Topics of interest to young people are rarely addressed – either in party rhetoric, or at the level of governing. Additionally, young people, whose v...
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5th Annual Democracy Conference (#GEODEM): Elections in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic: A new challenge for Georgia’s uncertain democracy? – Conference notes

This year is vitally important for Georgia’s democratic consolidation. The 2020 Parliamentary elections are a test which will determine the country’s political dynamic for the next decade. Despite the progress achieved with the help of the international community, several factors currently damag...
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Polarization and Radicalization of the Electorate: GIP Held the Final Panel of GEODEM2020

On July 14th, Georgian Institute of Politics hosted the third, concluding panel of the 5th Annual Democracy Conference on the issue of Polarization and Radicalization of the Electorate.  Main topic of this year’s conference was “Elections in Times of COVID-19: a New Challenge for Georgi...
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GIP hosted 2nd panel of the 5th Edition of the annual Democracy Conference #GEODEM

On July 1, 2020, Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) hosted 2nd panel of the 5th Edition of the annual Democracy Conference #GEODEM. The main theme of the panel was International actors and election. The 2020 edition of the GIP’s annual conference revolves around the issue of Elections in Times o...
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