GEORGIA: POLITICAL PARTIES IN A COUNTRY IN TRANSITION
Beka Chedia, Ph.D. (Political Science), Head of Publishing Projects of the Tbilisi School of Political Studies (Tbilisi, Georgia)
The author takes a look at the past and present of Georgia’s multiparty system and analyzes the central institutional and axiological problems that prevent the country’s political parties from becoming a tool for modernizing society and the state. He also explains why the political forces in Georgia are moving away from ideology and tries to answer the following questions: Why is Georgian pluralism ineffective? What are its basic characteristics? Why does such a small country have so many political organizations? and What do people think of them? He also discusses political populism, party concepts, platforms, and their specifics.
Keywords: party, programs, ideology, populism, values, state, pluralism, concept, democracy.