EUCACIS in Brief No. 7: Magda Arsenyan — The development of Parliamentary Culture from an Axiological Perspective: Interview with Mariam Margaryan
The transition to the parliamentary system of government is a real challenge for the Armenian political system and for society. Even after the “Velvet revolution”, the current state of political relations between parliamentary parties, an increasing public mistrust towards the authorities, the dependence of civil society organizations—which is a result of cohesion with the authorities—, and the manipulation of the public discourse led to a shrinking effectiveness of the parliamentary governance, and to an enhancement of a “super prime-ministerial” system or “prime-ministerial dictatorship.” Taking into regard the necessity to re-evaluate the importance of the development of parliamentary culture, the interview explores the essence of parliamentary culture and the cultural perspective of the development in general. Furthermore, it outlines the obstacles, preconditions and necessary steps that will foster the continuous democratisation of parliamentary governance in Armenia.
EUCACIS in Brief No. 7 can be downloaded here.