As a contribution to promoting sustainable democracy in Georgia and in the wider context in the South
Caucasus region, International IDEA, in partnership with Georgian and regional actors, initiated a programme
of ‘democratic assessment through dialogue’ in Georgia, in autumn 2001.
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (2003). Building Democracy in Georgia: Democratization in Georgia.
As part of a wider democracy promotion effort, political parties in Georgia and Ukraine, as in most other post-communist states, have received assistance from a number of non-governmental but government funded western organizations for most of the post-communist period. This assistance, however, has persistently failed to contribute to making parties in the two former Soviet republics substantially more stable, democratic, and representative. In searching for an answer to why the assistance has not been more effective, this thesis looks both at the nature of the assistance and the particularities of party politics in Georgia and Ukraine. The thesis argues that, as a consequence of domestic constraints on party development, political parties in Georgia and Ukraine were essentially unsuitable as recipients of party assistance and that, therefore, party assistance was poorly positioned to make an impact.
Bader, M. (2010). Against all odds: aiding political parties in Georgia and Ukraine. Amsterdam University Press.
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 an 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) and the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD) carried out an interactive assessment. Georgian political parties answered the key questions for themselves and contributed to 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.
Nodia, G., & Scholtbach A. P. (2006). The Political Landscape of Georgia. Political Parties: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects. Delft, Eburon Publishers.