Georgia: From Autocracy to Democracy

Edited by Stephen F. Jones and Neil MacFarlane

© 2020

Reflecting on the deep and complex changes in Georgian politics over the last quarter of a century, this book highlights the domestic and international developments that have shaped Georgia as a state and society. Georgia: From Autocracy to Democracy covers a wide array of topics, including the economy, elections, judicial and educational systems, relations with the EU, and Georgia’s interaction with its regional neighbours, including Russia, Turkey, and Iran.

In the book, Georgian policy-makers, practitioners, and scholars who have worked in the administration, in the opposition, in the Third Sector, and in academia provide first-hand perspectives on Georgia’s political and economic life. They demonstrate unusual insight into the extraordinary transformations in Georgia over the last twenty-five years, from the authoritarianism of President Gamsakhurdia, through the experience of civil war in the 1990s, to democracy today.

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  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Illustrations: 6
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.1in x 9.1in
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This multidisciplinary collection provides a unique insiders’ perspective on the major issues in Georgian politics, society, and economics in the twenty-five years since its independence from the Soviet Union.

Georgia: From Autocracy to Democracy

Edited by Stephen F. Jones and Neil MacFarlane

© 2020

Reflecting on the deep and complex changes in Georgian politics over the last quarter of a century, this book highlights the domestic and international developments that have shaped Georgia as a state and society. Georgia: From Autocracy to Democracy covers a wide array of topics, including the economy, elections, judicial and educational systems, relations with the EU, and Georgia’s interaction with its regional neighbours, including Russia, Turkey, and Iran.

In the book, Georgian policy-makers, practitioners, and scholars who have worked in the administration, in the opposition, in the Third Sector, and in academia provide first-hand perspectives on Georgia’s political and economic life. They demonstrate unusual insight into the extraordinary transformations in Georgia over the last twenty-five years, from the authoritarianism of President Gamsakhurdia, through the experience of civil war in the 1990s, to democracy today.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Illustrations: 6
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.1in x 9.1in
  • Reviews

    "Georgia: From Autocracy to Democracy provides a comprehensive guide to the political, economic, and international development of Georgia from 1991 to the present. It is a unique and invaluable aid to students of the region, as well as diplomats, foreign ministry, and international organization personnel dealing with Georgia."


    Jeremy Smith, Director of the VERA Centre for Russian and Border Studies, University of Eastern Finland

    "Georgia: From Autocracy to Democracy draws on an impressive list of contributors, both Georgian and non-Georgian, new and well-established, who provide a rich portrait of the country’s progress in the local and international context."


    Thomas de Waal, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe
  • Author Information

    Stephen F. Jones is a professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Mount Holyoke College.


    Neil MacFarlane is the Lester B. Pearson professor of International Relations and Fellow at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments
    Note on Transliteration and Terminology
    List of Contributors

    Foreword by Giorgi Khelashvili
    Preface by David Usupashvili
    Introduction by Stephen F. Jones

    Part I. Historical and Geographical Context
    Key Themes

    1. Persistent Patterns in Georgian Politics, Stephen F. Jones
    2. New Shifts in Georgian Geography, Joseph Salukvadze and Zurab Davitashvili
    3. Economic and Regional Factors in Georgia’s Political Transformation, Mikheil Tokmazishvili

    Part II. Georgia’s Institutional Transformations
    Key Themes

    4. Higher Education and State-Building in Georgia, Marine Chitashvili
    5. Taming the Courts: Judicial Reform in Georgia (1991–2017), Vakhtang Menabde
    6. Elections, Political Parties, and Social Change in Georgia (2003–2016), David Sichinava

    Part III. Georgia and the International System
    Key Themes

    7. Georgia’s European Dilemma, Natalie Sabanadze
    8. Russian Policy towards Georgia, Neil MacFarlane
    9. Georgia in the International Political Economy, Mamuka Tsereteli
    10. Afterword, Neil MacFarlane

    Endnotes
    Index

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