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Friday, 19 August 2016

The Impact of Brexit on Georgia

The UK’s decision to leave the EU, so called, ‘Brexit’ has created turmoil in the UK and in the EU, initially hitting global stock markets hard and subsequently creating a confusing picture. Despite the fluidity of the situation, this article reflects on some of the possible consequences of Brexit for Georgia.

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

The New Silk Road and What it Means to Georgia

The core idea of the New Silk Road is to create an effective transit corridor from the Black Sea across Georgia, Azerbaijan and Central Asia to China and beyond. This idea is built on Chinese and Central Asian trade routes that reached their height in the 10th Century and, while it has many elements, is largely driven by trade and energy issues.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The importance of industry to the Georgian economy

Many people are not aware that the heavy industry sector in Georgia is extremely important, but in terms of contribution to GDP, exports and employment it is one of the most important. This blog provides an overview of the sector.

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Sunday, 07 October 2012

The Political Make-Up of Georgian Dream

If we combine the majoritarian seats with the party list, we can now see the party-breakdown of the Georgian Dream Coalition. Also, as Government appointees have to resign their seats as MPs we can reflect on how the composition of the government might be affected by this list and vice-versa.

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Tuesday, 02 October 2012

The power of the Prime Minister

Under the current system government appointments (of PM and Ministers) are supposed to result from a negotiation between the President and the Parliament. However, under the constitution the President can force his choices for PM and Ministers on the Parliament if he is determined to do so.

The current political realities make this unlikely. However, this power imbalance mean that the new parliament will find it hard to ignore the President and, if the government is to move forward, conciliation and compromise will have to be the order of the day.

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Sunday, 30 September 2012

The Majoritarian Bias in the Georgian Parliamentary Elections

In the 2008 Georgian Parliamentary election, Georgia’s Mixed Majoritarian System helped UNM to win 69 out of 73 majoritarian seats. As a result, with 59% of the national vote they got 79% of the seats in parliament. The opposition, by comparison, got 41% of the vote and only got 21% of the seats. Understanding exactly why this happened in 2008 can help one to understand how votes will convert into seats in 2012.

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Monday, 17 September 2012

Making Sense of the NDI Poll

According to the NDI poll 37% of likely voters say that they would vote for the national movement and 12% say they would vote for the Georgian Dream. But no-one, particularly not NDI, thinks that these will be the numbers on election day. So, can this poll tell us anything about people’s voting intentions and, if so, what?

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Georgian Agriculture: Recovery After a Decade of Neglect

In the last two years interest in Agriculture in Georgia has increased dramatically and the government has undertaken significant actions to revive this long forgotten sector.

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Tuesday, 03 July 2012

Employment needs in Tourism, Apparel, ICT and Food Processing

GeoWel Research, working with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development recently published the results of a small pilot training/survey to look at employer staff needs in the four important sectors of tourism, apparel, ICT and food processing.

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Sunday, 03 June 2012

Agriculture in Georgia

On 21st June, Dr George Welton provided an introductory analysis of the situation facing agriculture in Georgia at a conference organised by CARE International entitled, ‘Opportunities in Rural Development for Small Farmers’.

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Recent Blogs

Friday, 19 August 2016
The Impact of Brexit on Georgia
Thursday, 10 December 2015
The New Silk Road and What it Means to Georgia
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
The importance of industry to the Georgian economy
Sunday, 07 October 2012
The Political Make-Up of Georgian Dream
Tuesday, 02 October 2012
The power of the Prime Minister
Sunday, 30 September 2012
The Majoritarian Bias in the Georgian Parliamentary Elections

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