Georgia's Political Landscape
Friday, 15 October, 2021

The 2020 parliamentary election in Georgia was a highly contested political event not only during the pre-election campaign but also after the elections took place. Most opposition parties boycotted Parliament for a few months, and a return to parliamentary politics was only possible with mediation efforts of the European Union. To help voters inform themselves about various political parties and policy offers presented by the parties, the Voting Advice Application (VAA) – Election Compass of Georgia was created. The interactive tool was designed to help voters navigate a complex political landscape and at the same time collect unique data that allows for a comparison of the policy preferences of Georgian parties and voters. The Compass is composed of 30 questions covering five different policy areas and making up two dimensions on an ideological plane: a left-right nexus and a conservative-liberal nexus. Given that between September 23, 2020, and November 22, 2020, the Compass was used about 38,000 times, the resulting data has provided invaluable insights about voters’ policy preferences, patterns of positioning on the political landscape, and party-voter proximity in Georgia