Debates on Participatory Politics


Polarities in Georgian Politics: Where are Resources for Moderation?

Moderate political discourse, compared with radical discourse and decisions, locate the former in the “middle” of the political spectrum. Some politicians, within the context of upcoming elections, call moderates’ existence in society inappropriate.

By Charles H. Fairbanks, Jr.

Politics and Religion: the Tendency of Desecularization

The discussion participants included Ms. Rusudan Gotsiridze, Bishop of the Evangelical-Baptist Church of Georgia; Mr. Nikoloz Laliashvili, MP, Christian-Democratic Party; Mr. Rati Amaglobeli, poet; and Mr. Giorgi Maisuradze, philosopher and representative of the Berlin Literature and Culture Research Centre.

Discrediting the idea: What Liberalism Means in Georgia

The public discussion on liberalism and liberal values held at the Heinrich Boell Foundation on 30 May, 2012 focused on society’s attitudes towards these values and its readiness or reluctance to accept them. The speakers included Ms. Salome Asatiani, a Radio “Freedom” Correspondent, Ms. Shorena Shaverdashvili, Editor of “The Liberali”, and Mr. Gela Bandzeladze, representing the political party Social-Democrats for Development of Georgia.

Report of the Public Defender of Georgia on Human Rights and Freedoms – 2011

This discussion held in HBF’s office had fewer participants than other discussions. Both the moderator and speakers of the discussion presented their arguments regarding the public’s lack of interest towards human rights. “It seems that our society has a similar attitude towards human rights. Therefore, human rights are protected to the extent to which people pay attention to these issues according to the attitudes towards them. Or maybe public skepticism is so high that nobody believes that human rights will ever be protected here,” said Gogi Gvakharia to open this discussion.

Why is Lazika being built?

On April 20, the Heinrich Boell Foundation organized a public discussion in Poti entitled “Why is Lazika being built?”

The Role of a Citizen in Politics – What Does Civil Activism Mean?

“The stereotype that we shifted the attention only to NGOs should be destroyed… In our society it is almost considered that civil activism relates solely to a type of organizational or non-governmental sector.” This view expressed at the discussion precisely reflects the problem or puzzle that the Georgian civil society sector currently faces.  

Student Self-Governments – Challenges, Perspectives

What is a function of student’s self-governance, how student self-government bodies are elected, what is a duration of the elected self-government bodies, how the functions of the student self-governments differ from each other at various Georgian universities, what is a rate of trust in this institution, what are major problems students in Georgia face and how the student self-government bodies support students in solving these problems, what was the reason for establishing an alternative student movement – these were some of the issues discussed during the debate held at the HBF on 14 December 2011.