Environmental Policy and Building Partnerships with the Georgian Institute for Public Affairs

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Environmental Policy and Building Partnerships with the Georgian Institute for Public Affairs

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Research Question

What bureaucratic comparisons can be made between the American and Georgian environmental administrations?

Award

CGS Senator Malcolm Wallop ‘Conversations on Democracy’ Award

Significance

One of the most integral aspects of this opportunity is the ability to work in the public sector in an extremely dynamic state from the former Soviet Union. The internship capacity in which I will be serving allows me to work for the Georgian Ministry of Environment, which will provide an abundance of information and practical knowledge in relation to administrative practices and bureaucratic structure. The administration of environmentally conscious development is an international issue often dictated by the governing policies of neighboring states. Because of Georgia’s diverse landscape and unique location, the Ministry of Environment must work with European, Russian, and Western Asian nations in order to ensure ecological sustainability in the region. Working for the Georgian government, I will be able to analyze the organization and document notable administrative differences, similarities, and the bureaucratic structure of their leading environmental agency. This opportunity allows me to bring back to the States suggestions on intergovernmental relations, policymaking, and implementation.

Methods Used

This internship will allow for freedom in comparison and observation underscored by a literature review of environmental policymaking and the concerns of Eurasian nations.

Conclusions/Outcomes

After returning from Tbilisi, I will continue to work on my Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Wyoming. This internship will shape the projects, capstones, and research projects that I use in classes, but also allow me to further American environmental policy. Using the differences in intergovernmental relations, I hope to bring some of the practices that are used in Georgia back the United States. This internship also allows me to assist the Ministry of Environment in addressing bureaucratic issues and administrative questions using the education that I have in the field. This will allow the internship to be beneficial for not only me but allow those in Tbilisi to benefit from the work I will do. This is the first connecting that Laramie has had with the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, the university that helped to establish my internship opportunity. This allows me to help build and foster a relationship between the University of Wyoming and the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, which will open the doors for more cooperation and connections between these pivotal institutions.

Publication Date

2017

Department

Political Science

Disciplines

Political Science

Environmental Policy and Building Partnerships with the Georgian Institute for Public Affairs

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