Women’s Political Representation in Georgia Since 1990s.


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politics, women's political participation, political parties, election system, democracy, gender quotas.


The article reviews and analyzes women’s participation in politics, more concretely in the national parliament of Georgia during transition period. Namely, it explores the period from 1990s till 2012. The article reveals challenges to women’s political participation, explores the factors that have shaped women’s low representation in formal politics including political, economic and cultural factors. The article states that although Georgia has undergone difficult transition era accompanied with social and economic upheavals, women’s political representation is a rather complex issue. Along with the challenges and processes related to the transition and democratic development, explanation for women’s low representation in politics should be sought in political parties and characteristics of formal politics. Observing that women’s representation in the national parliament of Georgia has not been significantly improved during this period, without adopting temporary special measures a few decades are necessary for increasing women’s participation in formal politics.


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