Prof. Dr. Melanie Sully

Summer School Batumi

Students from the Caucasus including Russia and Turkey studied cross-border studies with Profs Kornely Kakachia and Melanie Sully supported by the German Marshall Fund, the Black Sea Trust, City of Vienna, Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs as well as local partners


International Conference on Good Governance, Tbilisi

Was supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs together with the City of Vienna, June 2012. See draft program of the conference and cover and extract from book "The Culture of Governance: the Black Sea" edited by Prof. Melanie Sully that was presented after the conference


Press Conference Tbilisi

Press Conference Tbilisi, Europe House, 1 Freedom Sq and book presentation “The Culture of Governance” with Dr Melanie Sully (editor), Ambassador Dr Martin Eichtinger, Jean Vanacker EU-BAM, Dr Oskar Wawra, City of Vienna, The Messenger, 14.6. 2012



Go-Governance at the Batumi Summer School, Georgia

From L to R: Josef Mantl deputy Go-Governance, Jakub Forst-Battaglia Minister Plenipotentiary Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Melanie Sully head Go-Governance, Oskar Wawra City of Vienna

Co-organised with the Georgian Institute of Politics and Batumi State University, supported by the German Marshall Fund and the Robert Bosch Foundation in cooperation with the City of Vienna and the Cultural Department of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. See


Annual Governance Publications "The Culture of Governance" 2012 ed Dr Melanie Sully

Photo Credits: K.Rudolf/C. Bretter
Summary of Book by the editor Dr Melanie Sully: A parliamentary culture which has evolved over time in many mature democracies is founded on a good portion of consensus. Governments have rights but also responsibilities and conversely Opposition parties should have a sense of responsibility. The strict impartiality of the “referee” in sport and the certainty that the goal posts will not move during the match, is the basis for an even playing field and a fair game. Often both this culture of governance and of opposition is missing in many of the countries of the Black Sea Region..

The so-called culture of governance can include the “mind-set” or “mentality” which in some eg post-Soviet countries changes only slowly. Old habits and thinking die hard despite rapid structural and institutional reforms and serve to block further progress. In the contributions to this book we see the impact of the EU in changing cultures. Trying to meet the conditions laid down by the EU for agreements or eventual membership and doing what “is expected” change cultures of candidate countries or others in transition. Thus the EU has acted as a catalyst in the dynamism of political culture. Arguably cultures that do not evolve lead to an ossification of political institutions; change in political culture is necessary for a regeneration of the political system, for legitimacy and for endurance over time.


City of Vienna as Partner for Go Governance

Vienna supports democratic culture projects of Go Governance in the Black Sea Region as here in Tbilisi this year.


Cross Border Cooperation in the Black Sea Region

Cover Photo Credits: Diego Homem

Book from the Batumi Summer School in Georgia, ed. K. Kakachia with contributions from students, representatives of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs and the City of Vienna, with a foreward by Prof Kornely Kakachia, Director Georgian Institute of Politics and Prof Dr Melanie Sully, Head Go-Governance.