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Post-Communist Ukraine

Description: The book Post-Communist Ukraine by Bohdan Harasymiw is one of the most comprehensive and penetrating studies of the political and social realities of independent Ukraine during the first 10 years of its existence. The masterfully written, multi-faceted analysis presented in this 483-page documents and explains that country’s successes and its more frequent failures during its transition from authoritarianism to democracy.

Chapters include:

Ukraine—On the Road to Democracy?
Agreeing on the Rules of the Game
President Kravchuk and the Philosophy of State Building
State Building in Ukraine: The Practice of State Organization
Coercive Control
Nation Building
Parliament and Elections
Party Systems, Presidential Elections, and the Public
The Economy: The Slow Road to Reform and the Fast Road to Riches
National Security, Defence, and Foreign Policy
From Communist Dictatorship to Pseudo-Democracy

Taking a comparative approach, Bohdan Harasymiw breaks free of the usual historical-cultural mode of dealing with Ukrainian politics. Step by step, he examines the primary elements of a modern democratic state and the degree to which these are in place: an agreed-on set of rules of the game in the form of an accepted constitution; a state capable of governing and claiming the loyalty of its people; a parliament representative of the public and able to legislate; a bureaucracy skilled at fashioning and implementing public policies, and not just following orders; a nation of fellow citizens living as a community; political parties channelling the interests of, and responsive to, their followers; elections that reflect the preferences of the voters; and policies ensuring the security and well-being of both state and society. These are analyzed in the light of other countries’ experience with these institutions and processes. As a result, a comprehensive portrait of Ukraine’s politics, which can be characterized as “post-Communist” but not yet “post-Soviet,” emerges.
Publisher: CIUS
Date: 2002
Contributor: Bohdan Harasymiw
Language: English





Bohdan Harasymiw, “Post-Communist Ukraine,” CIUS-Archives, accessed September 21, 2023,
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