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Institutions of Georgia for governance on national minorities : an overview

Institutionen in Georgien für die Governance von nationalen Minderheiten : ein Überblick
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Sordia, Giorgi

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Corporate Editor European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)
Abstract 'This paper aims to discuss the institutional set-up around civil integration and minority protection issues in Georgia since the 'Rose Revolution', and the study reviews the state structures relevant for governance and legislative practices on civil integration and minority issues. It seeks to provide an overview of the institutional problems that beset civic integration by presenting a brief outline of the history and responsibilities of the relevant state bodies and analyzing some of the problems in the current institutional arrangements. The research for this paper has been conducted by way of consultations and interviews with the representatives of the bodies concerned, both executive and legislative. Use is also made of official documents, principally the mandates, constituting decrees, legal documents and regulations of the bodies covered by our research. The paper is divided into three sections. The first section examines the emergence of institutional structures for handling minority issues during Shevardnadze's rule and discusses the institutional changes and cabinet reshuffles after the 'Rose Revolution', reviewing all of the nine reshuffles since 2004. The second section describes the current mandates and activities of minority policy related bodies at the executive level of governance, while the third section presents some of the key activities and work of the legislative body in relation to minorities. The paper contains four annexes: one describing a few temporary bodies that existed for a short time after the 'Rose Revolution', two sets of tables that graphically outline the institutional development of the government bodies from 2004 to the present and the text of the National Concept for Tolerance and Civil Integration.' (excerpt)|
Keywords Middle East; developing country; post-socialist country; legislation; USSR successor state; social integration; ethnic group; civil society; Georgia; minority; political institution; institutional change; integration policy; governance; political support
Classification Population Studies, Sociology of Population
Method descriptive study; empirical; qualitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
City Flensburg
Page/Pages 61 p.
Series ECMI Working Paper, 43
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications