For nearly two decades, Georgia has been struggling to develop its democratic political party system. Step by step, progress has been made and new challenges addressed. But what are the prospects for the future? What is the current situation of the political party system and how can it be improved so that it contributes to a vibrant democracy?
Following the initiative of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR), a team of researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (IMD), the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD) carried out an interactive assessment in which Georgian political parties answered these questions for themselves and contributed to filling in the picture that emerges from this book. This research provides a comprehensive analysis of the current situation and its historical background as well as practical recommendations for future improvements. It offers an invaluable insight in Georgian politics.
Ghia Nodia is political scientist and chairman of the Caucasus Institute for Peace Democracy and Development based in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Álvaro Pinto Scholtbach is political scientist and director multilateral programmes of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy based in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Foreword by Vladimir Shkolnikov and Jos van Kemenade
Introduction by Ghia Nodia and Álvaro Pinto Scholtbach
1. Democratic Transitions and Political Institutions
1.1 Georgia’s New State and Democratic Transitions
1.2 Putting Georgia on the Map: The International Dimension and Impact
1.3 Parties and the State
1.4 Society and Citizenship
2. The Institutional Development of Political Parties
2.1 Introduction: Origin and Functions of Political Parties
2.2 The Georgian Political Party System
2.3 Party Identities and Policy Development
2.4 Human and Financial Resources
2.5 Internal Democracy and Membership
2.6 Women and Politics
2.7 Parties, Elections and Campaigning
2.8 International Support for Political Parties
3. A Framework for Democratic Party Building
3.1 Conclusions, Recommendations and Action Plan
Annex: Political Party Files