Publications

The Political Landscape of Georgia

Authors: Zviad Barkaia, Bakur Kvashilava, Nino Gogoladze, Irakli Kobalia, Ivane Chkhikvadze

Political parties perform a variety of functions in democracies. Apart from participating in elections and fielding candidates, they work to develop policies, take part in governance, aggregate public interests, and ensure political socialization of voters. The institutional resilience of political parties helps them better perform these functions. The second edition of “The Political Landscape of Georgia” was written to support the study of the evolution of Georgian political parties and help in overcoming the problems that often accompany democratic transformation.

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Robbery Without a Mask: The Cost of Politics in Georgia

Authors: Levan Tsutskiridze

The Georgian political finance system is manipulated to the advantage of the incumbent political parties and it had eventually evolved into a system that distorts political representation and undermines democratic social contract in the country. Elections have become a profit-making endeavour for the politicians and electoral organizations that have otherwise consistently failed to leave any substantial mark in political life. Georgian voters spend disproportionately more on campaign finance than many citizens of developed economies. The next wave of the reforms of political finance system should consider addressing these loopholes that have often been deliberately left open to be exploited by politicians for their partisan and economic inter beyond the public scrutiny.

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Participation of Women in Ukrainian Politics

Authors: Olena Zakharova, Anatolii Oktysyuk, Svitlana Radchenko

This publication has been prepared by Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy and aims to analyze actions taken by Ukrainian political parties in order to increase and encourage women’s political participation. The paper also identifies main challenges on the way of women’s political empowerment in Ukraine and offers recommendations for further improvement of the processes. Publication is available in English and Ukrainian languages.

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The Role of Parties’ Youth Wings Regarding Engagement of Youth in the Political Life of Ukraine

Authors: Anna Denis

The purpose of this research paper is to analyze the participation of young people in the political life of independent Ukraine and the role of the youth wings of political parties in activating young voters. This analytical study also examines the organizational structure of youth wings, interaction between political parties and young voters, as well as the decline in interest towards political processes in youth. Recommendations for the further improvement of the current state of affairs are also part of this paper. Publication is available in Ukrainian and English languages.

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Analysis of the Current State of Political Education in Ukraine

Authors: Olena Zakharova, Anatolii Oktysyuk, Svitlana Radchenko

This policy paper has been prepared by the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy. The paper represents an expert analysis of the current state of political education in Ukraine. It also identifies the major shortcomings of the existing political education programs from different actors, including political parties and civil society organizations, as well as the ways of overcoming them.

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Values, Programmes and Actions: Examining the Ideologies and Legislative Positions of Ukrainian Political Parties

Authors: Denys Rybachok

This publication examines the ideological platforms of the major political parties in Ukraine by analyzing their political programs of 2019 parliamentary and presidential elections. The party programs have been studied from three perspectives: domestic, international and public. The paper also proposes mechanisms for further improvement of the quality of party programs. Publication has been prepared by the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy and is available in Ukrainian and English languages.

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