The Challenges of Participatory Democracy in Armenia

Speaker: Arthur Adamyan, MA student at Yerevan State University

Date & Time: Monday, August 22, 2022 at 7:00-8:30pm Yerevan (11:00am-12:30pm EDT)

Language: English

After the declaration of Armenia’s independence, the country took the path of democratic development, but still, it has many essential problems and gaps as a democratic republic. One of the gaps is the lack of practice of participatory democracy. Despite the fact that Armenian legislation gives public officials tools to make decisions in a participatory manner, those tools and mechanisms are poorly used in practice. This research focuses on the challenges of participatory democracy in Armenia․ It examines a poll of experts and analyzes theoretical literature. Experts are public servants and civic society representatives.

The speaker, Arthur Adamyan is a graduate of the Department of Political Science, Faculty of International Relations, Yerevan State University. Arthur is currently a Master’s student of “Applied Political Science” in the Master’s program of Yerevan State University. 

As a graduate of the Armenian Institute for International and Security Affairs, Arthur authored the article “Comparative Analysis of the Bishkek and Moscow documents“. The speaker is also an author of “The basic problems of political communication between government of Armenia and society in the conditions of the Coronavirus disease” published in Through “Political Dialogue” organization’s journal and “Transformation of RA’s official position on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict” (which will be published in the collection of articles of the YSU Student Scientific Society).

Arthur Adamyan is also an ARISC Fellow who had been awarded the ARISC Small Grants, which is supported with private donations. This event is sponsored by the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). The lectures are free and open to the public. Learn more at

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