Political scientist Oleksandr Fisun will discuss the Ukrainian political system after the 2014 Euromaidan revolution.
About the Seminar
What has changed and remained the same in the Ukrainian politics after the Euromaidan revolution and a breakdown of the Viktor Yanukovych’s super-presidential regime in February 2014? Definitely, the Ukrainian political system has become more democratic, transparent, and competitive. This is due to the rise of civic activism, the absence of a dominant party of power, and improved competition among power centers. At the same time, the patrimonial nature and organizing principles of the political system remain the same. Informal institutions dominate over formal ones. Client-patron ties, personal loyalty, and clan “membership” persist. These patrimonial principles determine the formation of political parties, the majority of appointments to public office, and the structuring of relations among political players at the national and regional level. The project attempts to solve the puzzle of “why, where, and how” the patrimonial politics and informal institutions contribute to the democracy-building and competitive politics and directly addresses the key debate in comparative social and political studies: how democracies emerge in different social and political settings.
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