Salome Minesashvili – How European Are We? Explaining Georgia’s Westward Aspiration

Based on the analysis of public attitudes in Georgia through opinion polls, this paper argues that although Georgian society shares the official westward aspiration, when scrutinized deeply Georgian attitudes are less compatible with some basic “European” values such as tolerance towards minorities, interpersonal trust, gender equality and elite challenging activities. Weakness of the value orientation raises a question about validity of approach discussing Georgia’s genuine Westward aspiration from the cultural perspective.

Minesashvili, S. (2013). How European Are We? Explaining Georgia’s Westward Aspiration. Foreign Policy & Security Programme, Center for Social Sciences

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