Online Roundtable Discussion "Georgia’s New Parliament and the 2020 Elections: From Hybrid Regime to Fully-fledged Parliamentary Democracy? "

  • Datum: –17.00
  • Plats: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Arrangör: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Kontaktperson: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Föreläsning

NB! The event will be held on Zoom. To attend the event please click on the link https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/64633418424

According to Freedom House reports, democracy in general has been in decline across the world as the proportion of autocratic regimes grows. Recent developments in Georgia, however, might indicate an exception from this trend. Having moved out of what Lucan Way would term ‘competitive authoritarianism’ by the end of the 2000’s; constitutional amendments planned to move Georgia closer to a parliamentary system by making the legislature fully proportional in 2024. This would end the dominance enjoyed by ruling party Georgian Dream which managed to secure more than 80% of seats in 2016.

Political crises in 2018 and 2019 dramatically changed the political status quo; a new deal was reached by influential political actors to complete the planned constitutional ahead of time for the 2020 elections. As a result of this deal, it is now extremely unlikely that one party will win enough seats in the parliament to single-handedly form the government. From October 2020, a new chapter in the history of the modern Georgian state begins. For the first time in its recent history, it has to function under coalition government.

This zoom webinar will shed light on these ongoing developments, including questions such as: what parties may form a stable coalition and what kind of issues might unite them? Is unity on Georgia’s foreign policy considerations more important than the traditional right-left divide in coalition politics? How has covid-19 affected these processes? Will new economic problems prove to be a destabilizing factor in the new system?

Three expert speakers join us for a fascinating analysis of Georgia’s post-election political landscape:

David Matsaberidze (Tbilisi State University) will offer a long durée perspective of the elections, providing the context for the significance of 2020 in the political development of Georgia.

Nika Chitadze (International Black Sea University) will consider the domestic and foreign policy considerations behind Georgia’s ruling party (Georgian Dream), who initiated these constitutional changes in 2019 and face an uncertain future in a system of proportional representation.

Ketevan Bolkvadze (Lund University) will focus the context of judicial and quality of government issues, linking the elections to a wider picture of reform in Georgia. She will also consider the impact of the election on Georgia’s institutions in the coming years. 

We look forward to welcoming you all to our fourth and final election analysis webinar. It should prove a fascinating insight into current developments in Georgia.

We look forward to welcoming you all to our fourth and final election analysis webinar. It should prove a fascinating insight into current developments in Georgia,

Best wishes,

Matthew Blackburn (IRES, Uppsala) and Shota Kakabadze (Tartu University): (event organisers)