WiP: Georgia’s State Formation and Geographical Imaginaries: Georgian Policy-Making Practices in the Global Community, Tbilisi, Georgia, December 5 – Rachel Naylor (ENG)

CRRC, American Councils and ARISC are proud to present the 11th talk of the Works-in-Progress Series for the Fall 2012 Season!
Rachel Naylor

“Georgia’s State Formation and Geographical Imaginaries: Georgian Policy-Making Practices in the Global Community”
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 6:15pm

ISET/CRRC Georgia, Zandukeli St. 16, Tbilisi, GEORGIA 
Rachel’s work looks at the global proliferation of ‘best practices’, international standards and models, and how those models as exemplars are constructed and reified in the emergent neoliberal logics of governance. Her work explores policy tourism, how policy actors engage with the global community through ‘policy boosterism’ – or the promotion of ostensibly ‘home-grown’ models, how policy knowledge is circulated and mobilized, and the hegemonic framing of anti-corruption (as good governance) objectives in post-soviet states. Her presentation will discuss Georgian policy-makers under Saakashvili being transformed from policy borrowers to policy lenders and ‘going global’ and ‘mobile’ with the Georgian model of anti-corruption reforms across geographical fields.
Rachel Naylor is a newcomer to Georgia, but has lived in Ukraine and Russia for more than five years. She has been conducting her field work in Tbilisi over the past year, working towards her PhD in Human Geography from the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She is a convert to Social Science after getting her degrees in Comparative Literature, Russian language and literature and Eastern European, Russian and Eurasian Area Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgetown University, respectively. Her work in Georgia will contribute to BMBF funded research cluster, “Eurogaps”, which researches perceptions of partner countries outside the EU. Her interests include anti-corruption discourses in postsoviet space, neoliberalism and technologies of governance, critical geopolitics, and policy mobility.
W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the International School of Economics (ISET) building (16 Zandukeli Street). It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.Would you like to present at one of the W-i-P sessions? Send an e-mail to natia@crrccenters.org.