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By Max Bader

As a part of a much wider democracy merchandising attempt, political events in Georgia and Ukraine, as in so much different post-communist states, have obtained the help of a couple of non-governmental yet governmentfunded western firms for many of the post-communist interval. This suggestions, in spite of the fact that, has again and again didn't give a contribution to creating events within the former Soviet republics considerably extra solid, democratic, and consultant. In trying to find a solution to why the help has no longer been greater, this thesis appears either on the nature of the help and the particularities of occasion politics in Georgia and Ukraine. The thesis argues that, as a result of household constraints on social gathering improvement, political events in Georgia and Ukraine have been basically fallacious as recipients of get together tips and that, consequently, celebration tips was once poorly located to make an influence.

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As will be demonstrated in chapter five, the extent to which providers of assistance comply with these standards has important implications for the effectiveness of the party assistance effort. The requirement of non-partisanship compels providers of assistance to work with a set of political forces which collectively are representative of the democratic part of the party universe in a given country (USAID1999b: 20; Doherty 2002: 4). USAID (2003b: 1) prescribes that USAID-funded assistance must make ‘a good faith effort to assist all democratic parties with equitable levels of assistance’.

The foremost of these domestic determinants - a less-thandemocratic political context and a high degree of volatility in party politics - are found widely. Of the roughly one hundred countries that have entered a ‘transition’ in recent decades, a small minority has consolidated liberal democracy (Carothers 2002: 9). Today, most political regimes in the world are neither liberal democracies nor closed autocracies (Diamond 2002; Roessler and Howard 2007). At the same time, a high degree of volatility in party politics, mostly referred to as ‘weak party system institutionalization’, is a common diagnosis for party systems, whether in Latin America (Mainwaring and Scully 1995; Sanchez 2008b), Africa (Basedau and Stroh 2008; Kuenzi and Lambright 2005), South East Asia (Stockton 2001; Ufen 2007) or the post-communist world (Casal Bertoa 2008; Meleshevich 2007).

Party assistance, in other words, is always at the service of the superior objective of democracy promotion. The first motive instructs assistance to avoid favoring certain political forces over others by working with parties across the political spectrum, while the second motive imposes seemingly strict criteria regarding the selection of recipient parties. As will be demonstrated in chapter five, the extent to which providers of assistance comply with these standards has important implications for the effectiveness of the party assistance effort.

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