Blog by Lela Javakhishvili Center for Social Sciences
This work was supported by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Research and Innovation StaffExchange (MSCA-RISE) within the H2020 Programme under the grant SHADOW [no: 778118];H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
Shadow economy and corruption are topics of discussion even for the most developed countries in the world. Although there are rules and laws aimed at eliminating these two, people still find layers within the law to bypass them, which of course does not have any positive effect on states. In the most cases, such actions are motivated by personal interests, although sometimes they are attributed to the public welfare. In this regard, it is interesting to look at Georgia, the country that dedicated many years and a lot of resources to the fight against the corruption and shadow economy. In this blog, we will discuss the certain cases that can be attributed to both shadow economy and corruption coexisting in Georgia. Documents that were studied within the desk research, such as legislative frameworks, surveys, and government estimates, open government data shows that the situation in Georgia is not favorable in this regard [shadow economy and corruption], which will not have a positive impact on the country’s budget and economy.
On March 24, 2022 Center for Social Sciences organized an online panel discussion on the implications of Russian invasion in Ukraine for Georgia and the wider EaP region. The panel featured Professor Neil MacFarlane, Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford, Dr. Natalie Sabanadze, Cyrus Vance Visiting Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke College and former Head of the Georgian Mission to the European Union and Ambassador Plenipotentiary to Belgium and Luxembourg, and Dr. Maksymilian (Max) Fras, Policy Advisor, and former fellow at Eurasia Democratic Security Network (EDSN). The panel was moderated by Dr. Gela Merabishvili, CSS Affiliated Researcher.