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Apr
08

Can Quotas Do It?!

Despite substantial improvements in education, professional development and political participation, women remain underrepresented in leadership positions in politics, and Georgia is no exception. In 2017, the country ranked in 94th place (out of 144), according to the Global Gender Gap index (GGI),1 which indicates that Georgia is not performing well in closing the gender gap. The GGI serves as a comprehensive and consistent measure for gender equality, which can track a country’s progress over time. Economic participation and opportunity, educational a...
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Eric Livny
Great article, Lika!A question/suggestion. How about introducing a 40%-50% gender quota for a LIMITED period of 10-12 years? This ... Read More
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 2:02 PM
Lika Goderdzishvili
Thank you, Eric! That could be an option in general, however, political environment and institutional development play a crucia... Read More
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 3:03 PM
Florian Biermann
The article discusses the technical question of how one could implement a quote. The question whether a quota is a good idea in th... Read More
Wednesday, 02 May 2018 3:03 PM
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Oct
30

Georgia’s Democracy: the Puzzle of a Red Country Turning Blue

On October 21, 2017, Georgia’s entire political map was painted in different shades of blue – the color of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party. GD won in all but one race in the country’s municipal elections – achieving solid majorities in all sakrebulo (city councils) and placing party-backed candidates as mayors in all cities and self-governing communities. Such results are quite unusual, and nearly impossible to achieve nowadays in the politically polarized atmosphere of Western Europe, UK or the U.S. Do they suggest that GD has been except...
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This is political science stumped. And rightly so. Because the homo georgicus is of transcendent insight and skill. He has seen th... Read More
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:10 AM
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Apr
08

Bashar al-Assad’s Three Puzzles

In 2007, an American businessman and friend of the then Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, was visiting Damascus before continuing his journey to Jerusalem. On the morning of his departure to Israel, the Mukhabarat, Syria’s secret service, knocked at his hotel room. The Syrian agents calmed down the scared businessman – he was not to be taken to some torture prison, of which there were many in Syria. Instead, they wanted to know what was Ehud Olmert’s favorite dish. Surprised about this question, the businessman answered “hummus”, and half an hour la...
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The article is very intelligent. Indeed, Assad is the least terrible alternative in the Syrian scenario. There is no viable altern... Read More
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 1:01 PM
Eric Livny
Yuval Noah Harari on the subject of terrorism and fear mongering, the terrorist flies and the anti-terrorist bulls that wreak havo... Read More
Sunday, 16 April 2017 6:06 AM
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Mar
06

Economic Freedom (Act): Do We Need It or Not?

The so-called “Economic Freedom Act” (EFA), which has been a matter of public discussion in recent weeks, refers to two pieces of legislation: (i) a Constitutional amendment from 2010, which requires a referendum for introducing new taxes or increasing the tax rate, and (ii) the Law on Economic Freedom (2011), in force since 2013, setting a number of additional restrictions to government fiscal policy (Table 1). Table 1. Law on Economic Freedom in Short Number of Tax...
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Feb
13

Modern Quagmire and Georgia's Trump Card?

  “The fundamental problem for Georgian security is that Russia holds all the major cards and no one is reshuffling the deck in Georgia’s favour”, writes Neil MacFarlane in his 2016 article on Georgia’s security situation. Georgia has a mighty neighbor that is not democratic, does not respect the right of self-determination of nations, and, most importantly, actually brings its military power to bear whenever Russian (legitimate or illegitimate) interests are not sufficiently honored. To add insult to injury, Russia’s military strength is unconteste...
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Guest — Leqso
Dear Eric, Georgias history is basically a story of survival between two strong neighbors and rather than looking at the examples ... Read More
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:11 AM
Eric Livny
And vice versa, dear Leqso :-) None of this is surprising, however. According to Rufus Miles, “Where you stand depends on where yo... Read More
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:10 AM
Guest — Leqso
It might be indication of something interesting that mostly pro-Russian politicians, with good track record of relations with Puti... Read More
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Oct
03

On Predicting Election Results

  Forecasters, professionals and amateurs alike, all got it wrong. The Brexit came as a surprise because the bookmakers (people who organize bets on developments in politics, economics, and sports) reported that about three times more money was put on the event that Britain would stay in the EU than on its alternative. With poll results being inconclusive in the weeks before the referendum, this led many pundits to believe that Britain would stay in the EU. Also in the United States, the predictors were dramatically embarrassed when Donald Trump pr...
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Quji Bichia
It's easy to predict U.S. presidential elections. The one who spends more on a campaign always wins (with couple of exceptions whe... Read More
Monday, 03 October 2016 8:08 AM
Florian Biermann
Thank you, Quji. Money is surely an issue. Lets see whether you are right that it is decisive. Personally, I believe that Trump wi... Read More
Monday, 03 October 2016 11:11 AM
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