Industry Will Save Georgia

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Industry Will Save Georgia
მრეწველობა გადაარჩენს საქართველოს
Leader Gogi Topadze
Founded 1999
Ideology Economic nationalism
Protectionism[1]
Euroscepticism
Political position Centre-right[1]
Colours Red and White
Seats in Parliament
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The Industry Will Save Georgia (Mretsveloba Gadaarchens Sak'art'velos, მრეწველობა გადაარჩენს საქართველოს) is a centre-right conservative political party in Georgia.[1]

It was founded in 1999 by Gogi Topadze, the proprietor of a big beer and drinks company (Kazbegi) and gathered pro-business and industrial lobbyists, its main objective was to change the country's economic policy, especially by fighting the influence of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).[2][3][4] The party took part in the 1999 parliamentary elections and won 15 seats, making it the third-strongest party. Even though it was not part of the government, it co-operated with then-ruling Citizens' Union of Georgia (CUG) of President Eduard Shevardnadze and did not constitute a firm opposition,[5] during the legislative elections on 28 March 2004, the party was part of the Rightist Opposition alliance, together with the New Rights party. The coalition won 23 seats, making it the second force in parliament, behind new president Mikheil Saakashvili's dominating United National Movement; in the 2012 parliamentary election, the party participated as part of the winning Georgian Dream alliance.[6] The party was not a member of the Georgian Dream coalition during the 2016 parliamentary elections. Nevertheless party member Simon Nozadze won in the 43rd the Majoritarian Constituency without facing opposition from the Georgian Dream. [7]

In his book Semiotics of Drink and Drinking, anthropologist Paul Manning describes Gogi Topadze's ideology as "attempting to create an autarchic link on national production to national consumption." [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Nodia, Ghia; Pinto Scholtbach, Álvaro (2006), The Political Landscape of Georgia: Political Parties: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects, Eburon, p. 123 
  2. ^ Dadalari, Nina (2009), "Transnationalization and the Georgian State: Myth or Reality?", The Transnationalization of Economies, States, and Civil Societies: New Challenges for Governance in Europe, Springer, p. 197 
  3. ^ Nodia; Pinto Scholtbach (2006), The Political Landscape of Georgia, p. 130 
  4. ^ "Gogi Topadze", Civil Georgia, 1 May 2010 
  5. ^ Mitchell, Lincoln A. (2009), Uncertain Democracy: U.S. Foreign Policy and Georgia's Rose Revolution, University of Pennsylvania Press, p. 36 
  6. ^ de Waal, Thomas (11 September 2012), A Crucial Election in Georgia, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 
  7. ^ "Simon Nozadze, candidate of "Topadze - Industrialists" won by 61.55% in Khashuri, received 38,45% Valeri Gelashvili from "Georgian Dream"", Interpressnews, 31 October 2016 
  8. ^ Manning, Paul (2012). Semiotics of Drink and Drinking. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 215.