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Over the course of their Fellowship, our 2016 Fellows will be posting regular analytical posts on pressing social issues in Azerbaijan, exploring our own Caucasus Barometer data as well as data from other sources to draw insights into the changes going on in Azerbaijani society and in the wider Caucasus region.


Scroll down for our publications so far. We will be adding to these over the next few months and we very much welcome your feedback!





June 2016


Domestic Violence


How can we explain that out of the 64% of Azerbaijanis surveyed by the Caucasus Barometer team who believe that gender equlaity has been 'mostly achieved' in the country, 28% simultaneously agree that "a woman sometimes deserves to be beaten"?


In this article our visiting Fellow Lucy Wallwork looks into Caucasus Barometer data on attitudes toward gender equality in Azerbaijan, exploring some apparent 'cognitive dissonance' in attitudes toward gender norms and finding that in Azerbaijan's unique experience - "the personal is not political".


Read Lucy's article in full


You can see the full infographic accompanying the article here.





Multiculturalism in Azerbaija


Azerbaijan's multiculturalism policies have been trumpted in recent years as a model for other countries in the region to follow, particularly those blighted by sectarian divides. But on a societal level, Caucasus Barometer data shows that over 90% of ordinary Azerbaijanis disapprove of inter-marriage with a number of ethnic/religious groups and nationalities - Americans, Europeans, Jews and even Georgians. Only the Turks pass the test.


In this article our visiting Fellow Omar Jallow examines the history of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan, and policy formulation on the issue.


Read Omar's article in full




Politics is none of our business


Low levels of political participation are a well-known and common characteristic of the post-communist space. However according to the Caucasus Barometer and World Values Survey datasets, Azerbaijan is one of the most passive of the post-Soviet countries.

In this article,  our Junior fellow Elchin Karimov examines how 70 years of communist experience has left a deep imprint on the political and societal life of Azerbaijan, which hinders political participation to a great extent.


Read Elchin's article in full


Trust in Education System in Azerbaijan


Does the high trust rate in Azerbaijan's educational system indicate the existence of fewer challenges?

The issue of education has been at the focus of Azerbaijan's strategy for further development. In this article our Fellow Gunel Babayeva explores Caucasus Barometer data on trust in the educational system in Azerbaijan, comparing the rural and urban settlements and finding real problems despite high rates of trust.


Read Gunel's article in full



The 'In-Basket Test'


A 2013 Caucasus Barometer survey gauging "the most important problems " in the region underlines that state-led development strategies in the South Caucasus countries have left number of socio-economic concerns. The survey finds out that all three countries consider unemployment, poverty, unsolved territorial disputes and low wages as the major development challenges they face.


In this article, Ilaha tries to explain how citizens prioritise issues in the style of an "In-basket test" by analysing institutional quality. She attempts to answer the question by looking at possible replication of other institutional models.


Read Ilaha's article in full



August 2016: Policy Briefs



Critical Thinking in Azerbaijan


What is the state of the critical thinking culture in Azerbaijan?


In this article, Gunel explores the culture of critical thinking in Azerbaijan, looking at both historical traits as well as the trends of critical thinking in education more generally. She draws on data from CRRC's Caucasus Barometer public attitudes survey measuring criticism toward the government across different age groups.


Read Gunel's article in full




Why is the level of R&D expenditure decreasing in the all three South Caucasus countries each year? To which direction has the declinining money been spent in Azerbaijan?



In the first part of policy brief dedicated to smart public spending, Ilaha tries to shed light on the importance of R&D expenditures as a smart spending and as a tool for science-policy-society triple interaction in Azerbaijan. All of the South Caucasus countries are not just unable to meet the benchmark requirements set by UN, OECD etc., but also to catch up with the same income country group performance. An existing data on R&D expenditures, and the final destination of this allocation provides an interesting insight to current "symbolic" public spending.



Read Ilaha's article in full



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