In CIPDD resource centre you have an opportunity to find a new book "Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction" by Richard Bellamy. In this book author explains what citizenship is, and why it matters: What does it mean to be a citizen of a modern, complex community? Author describes the main models of citizenship, exploring how ideas of citizenship have changed through time from ancient Greece to the present. More than 700 books, magazines and articles can also be found in the resource centre on the issues related to decentralization, including: political and financial aspects of this process, public participation, examples of countries from Latin America, Asia and Africa. Resource centre is open to all interested persons. For further questions please contact Nino Ghambashidze at nino@participate.ge or 2355154. Resource centre is funded by a grant from the Social Transformation Programme (MATRA) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The term "community" refers to a social group, usually larger than a village, whose members reside in a specific locality and often share a common cultural and historical heritage. Respectively, the local self-government is sometimes referred to as community government. The "quality" of local self-government is usually measured by the following two criteria: - How democratic is the local self-government? How well does it represent local communities' interests and will?

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In CIPDD resource centre you have an opportunity to find a new book "Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions, and Issues" by Thomas M. Magstadt. In this book author emphasize the fact that government is too important to be left in the hands of a few; and in a democracy, everyone has both the opportunity and the obligation to participate in public life.

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The Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD) and Transparency International Georgia (TI Georgia) through a joint project, have launched a new parliamentary monitoring website, http:/shenmartav.ge.   The website enables users to view information about elected MPs, the procedural status of laws being considered by Parliament, and allows citizens to pose questions to their representatives in Parliament, enabling direct communication between voters and legislators.

                                                           http://www.shenmartav.ge/

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In CIPDD resource centre you have an opportunity to find a new book "Local Governance in Central and Eastern Europe: Comparing Performance in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia"

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