Cover Osteuropa 7-10/2015

In Osteuropa 7-10/2015

Centre and Periphery
Local Self-government in Georgia

David Losaberidze

Deutsche Fassung


Independent Georgia has paid no attention to decentralising political decisions. Local self-government leads a shadowy existence. Institutions of local self-governance have few responsibilities and are underfunded. But functioning cities and towns are essential for key areas of public services. Only recently have people realized that decentralization and the idea of subsidiarity do not weaken the state, and that functioning services in fact strengthen it and thus enhance the legitimacy of the rulers.

(Osteuropa 7-10/2015, pp. 271–283)