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By Max Bader

As a part of a much wider democracy promoting attempt, political events in Georgia and Ukraine, as in such a lot different post-communist states, have bought the help of a couple of non-governmental yet governmentfunded western organisations for many of the post-communist interval. This suggestions, despite the fact that, has again and again did not give a contribution to creating events within the former Soviet republics considerably extra strong, democratic, and consultant. In looking for a solution to why the help has no longer been greater, this thesis seems to be either on the nature of the help and the particularities of get together politics in Georgia and Ukraine. The thesis argues that, because of family constraints on get together improvement, political events in Georgia and Ukraine have been basically wrong as recipients of social gathering assistance and that, consequently, occasion guidance used to be poorly located to make an effect.

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As should be expected for a complex phenomenon such as norm diffusion, the three strands of explanation, which are consecutively discussed below, are interrelated: only a combination of the different explanations can present a comprehensive explanation of why a given norm does or does not travel. Norm robustness Norm robustness refers to intrinsic features of the norm. Two such intrinsic features in particular contribute to undercut the robustness of the party assistance norm: its lack of determinacy and the absence of a clear moral dimension.

The explanations draw on insights from literature on norm diffusion that have particular relevance to party assistance. The outline of these tentative explanations provides some hints regarding the inadequacy of party assistance in countries like Georgia and Ukraine with volatile party politics and an ambiguous or less-than-democratic political setting. The two case studies in chapters five and six subsequently provide empirical information that helps to assess the relative weight of these explanations for the cases of Georgia and Ukraine.

Parties need to be democratic both in terms of attitude and of actual behavior, and both with respect to their internal operation and with respect to their operation in the party system and in society. Attitudinally, parties are deemed democratic when they, among other things, embrace political and civil liberties and accept the holding of elections as the sole legitimate means of obtaining power (USAID 2003b: 9). Behaviorally, recipient parties, especially when they are in power, should respect competing parties (USAID 1999b: 1) and act responsibly and constructively in government and in parliament.

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