Publications

Money and Politics: Legislative, Institutional and Cultural Factors of Political Competition

Authors: Levan Tsutskiridze

The influence of money in politics represents one of the most debated issues in democracy assistance communities and between politicians. While essential for political competition, the growth of the role of political funding in electoral processes is creating, in the eyes of many observers, serious challenges to democratic process. This paper focuses on Eastern Europe and the EU’s Eastern neighborhood, but some of the ideas and problems discussed here may be applicable elsewhere. It addresses some of the regulatory, institutional and cultural aspects of political financing and discusses potential reforms and necessary paradigm shifts that will be helpful in reinvigorating and strengthening democratic institutions.

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EECMD Roundtable on Decentralisation in Ukraine and Odesa Oblast

Authors: Dr. Sierhiei Sakhanienko

The analytical note “EECMD Roundtable on Decentralisation in Ukraine and Odesa Oblast” is written by Dr. Sierhiei Sakhanienko, expert from Odesa Regional Institute for Public Administration. It summarizes the arguments and propositions put forward by the experts during the EECMD roundtable in Odesa on 16 November 2017. It questions, among others, the economic, political and policy rationales for the decentralization debate, further effects of decentralization on political parties and Ukrainian political system as well as the challenges it represents to local actors.

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EECMD Roundtable on Decentralisation in Ukraine and Lviv Oblast

Authors: Dr. Maryan Lopata & Dr. Yevhen Laniuk

The analytical note “EECMD Roundtable on Decentralisation in Ukraine and Lviv Oblast” is written by Dr. Maryan Lopata and Dr. Yevhen Laniuk, experts from the Centre of Innovation Research. It is a summary of arguments and propositions elaborated by the experts during the EECMD roundtable in Lviv on 24 November 2017. The publication dwells upon, among others, the gains and disadvantages of the decentralization process, the effects of the decentralization reform on political parties and Ukrainian political system as well as the specific features of the decentralization process in the Lviv Oblast.

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Intra-party Democracy: A Pathway to Political Renewal

Authors: Levan Tsutskiridze

This essay, written for those who are thinking about the new approaches to organizing political parties and movements, outlines some of the potential reform paths in internal party democracy. While some of the ideas presented below may find their applications elsewhere, they are primarily written with an eye on relatively young democracies or partially free countries, that have made some tangible achievements in democratization (such as for example, generally free and fair elections) but retain some of the basic features of the authoritarian systems from which they have graduated not very long time ago (weakly institutionalized, personality based political parties and dominant party systems for example).

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Integration of National Minorities in Georgia

Authors: Kristine Margvelashvili, Ana Tsiklauri, Levan Kakhishvili, Diana Bogishvili, Irina Osepashvili (2017)

This publication is a combination of four policy papers and is commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (OSCE-HCNM). The publication is based on research carried out by the professionals of relevant fields and addresses important challenges of the national minorities’ social-political integration in Georgia.

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Fighting Goliath: The Reform of Party Finance in Ukraine

Authors: Oleksii Sidorchyk

Representatives of the Ukrainian Parliament, the National Agency for Corruption Prevention (NACP), non-profit organizations and the diplomatic corps gathered to discuss the findings and recommendations of the expert paper produced by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation with support from the NIMD’s regional office in the Eastern European Neighborhood. Moderated by Tetyana Danylenko of the 5th Channel, the event provided a venue for frank and open discussion of recommendations outlined in the paper as well as policy viewpoints of participants.

NIMD will continue to provide support to an informed policy debate and will offer facilitation, expert insight, experience sharing and technical support for consensus building around key areas of democratic reforms in Ukraine.

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13 Myths About Stalin

Authors: Levan Tsutskiridze Bondo Kupatadze

The publication “13 Myths About Stalin” has been commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD). The aim of the publication is to refute myths about Stalin, which were created by the totalitarian state and which are still widespread in Georgia. The publication explores the sources, reasons and the causes of longevity of 13 most widespread myths about Stalin. Totalitarian regimes are constantly encased in myths and legends, some of which are formed during the existence of the regimes and serve to strengthen the system. Other part of the myths are formed later, in a different social environment, as a result of public attitude or deliberately by the state or social institutions or at their commission. Many myths exist regarding Stalin’s biography. We have selected 13 the most popular and the most widespread myths about Stalin.

See the full version of the publication in Georgian

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