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At the Crossroads: Georgia Between Dominant-Power Politics, Feckless Pluralism and Democracy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This article charts the last decade of Georgian politics through theories of semi-authoritarianism and democratization. I first dissect Saakashvili’s system of "dominant-power politics", which enabled state-building reforms, yet also atrophied political competition. I then analyze the "nested two-level game" between incumbents and opposition in the run-up to the 2012 parliamentary elections. After recounting the outcome of election day, I examine the Darwinian cohabitation that next pushed Georgia in the direction of "feckless pluralism". With presidential elections and a new constitution looming, protagonists must cease using state institutions for partisan purposes in order to set Georgia on a democratic trajectory. 

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Osaka, 2013.
Keyword [en]
Democratisation, Hybrid Regime, Dominant-Power Politics, Feckless Pluralism, Georgia
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-204342OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-204342DiVA: diva2:638522
5th East Asian Conference on Slavic Eurasian Studies (ICCEES Asian Congress)
Available from: 2013-07-30 Created: 2013-07-30 Last updated: 2016-03-19

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