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:/   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.


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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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Vote Match18.09.2012

The Vote Match is an online application that enables voters to compare their views with the policy positions of the main political parties or electoral blocs. Visit the site

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