Georgia is one of the most polarised democracies in Europe. The EU, the Council of Europe and the OSCE/ODIHR all identified extreme political polarisation as an obstacle to Georgia’s democratic consolidation.
Polarisation is not a new feature in Georgian politics. The country has experienced several waves of polarisation over the last two decades of democratic transition following the breakdown of the Soviet Union.
But unlike the battle between Left and Right opening up across Europe, polarisation in Georgia is political, not ideological. What drives polarisation and what are its effects on Georgia’s democracy? What are the potential solutions and preventive strategies?
The report summarises the key findings of fact finding, media monitoring, research and consultations with Georgian political parties and civil society on these themes. Based on these insights, the report offers recommendations for aligning work moving forward. The fact finding was conducted within the project, “Strengthening political pluralism in Georgia – Phase I” implemented by DRI and Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) in 2016.
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