Experts Predict Easy Victory for Ruling Party in Local Elections

GIP Expert Polls / Issue #5 The Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) continues to survey engaged Georgian and international experts on issues of great importance. This October, GIP asked 30 experts and political observers about the imminent local self-government elections. The majority of surveyed ...
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Can a Third Way Movement Emerge in Georgian Politics?

Givi Silagadze* Georgia’s 2016 parliamentary elections were a major coup for the Georgian Dream party (GD), which won 115 of 150 seats (76.67%). It did so despite receiving the support of only 24.37% of voters, revealing two problems that continue to afflict Georgian party politics: a heavily majo...
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Popular Oligarchy: Why the Public Still Supports Georgian Dream

Bidzina Lebanidze* Recent public surveys have confirmed a paradoxical trend in Georgian political life: despite pressing problems, political blunders, and a troubling socio-economic situation, the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party remains the most popular political force in Georgia. It has been almos...
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GIP Commentary: The Venice Commission Opinion on Georgia’s Constitutional Reforms

Joseph Larsen* Shortly after winning a substantial majority in last year’s parliamentary elections, GD formed a 73-member Constitutional Reform Commission to prepare a new constitution—one that would transform the country from its current semi-presidential system to a full-fledged parliamentary ...
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The End of Direct Presidential Elections – The Constitutional Reform Process in Georgia

Tornike Zurabashvili As part of the ongoing constitutional reform process, the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party (Georgian Dream) intends to abolish direct election of the president of Georgia, transferring voting power from the public to a college of electors...
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The Georgian Orthodox Church as a Civil Actor: Challenges and Capabilities

Salome Minesashvili Religious organizations as civil actors with social capital can play significant roles in social reform processes, examples of which being the African Church in South Africa and representatives of the Catholic Church in Latin America. The Importance of churches as civil actors...
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Is Democracy Possible without Stable Political Parties?

Levan Kakhishvili Strong political parties represent the cornerstone of consolidated democracies. Parties contend for office in elections. Therefore, a strong link between parties and voters is of primary importance to the success of elections. Strong and stable party-voter linkages ensure that demo...
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Georgia’s European Integration:What Comes After The Eastern Partnership?

Bidzina Lebanidze This policy brief explores future avenues for EU-Georgia relations going beyond the Eastern Partnership (EaP) but short of full EU membership. Enlargement fatigue coupled with economic and migration crises and the resultant rise of far-right groups puts additional pressure on the E...
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