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Beyond the EuromaidanComparative Perspectives on Advancing Reform in Ukraine$
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Henry E. Hale and Robert W. Orttung

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804798457

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804798457.001.0001

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Democracy and Governance in Divided Societies

Democracy and Governance in Divided Societies

(p.41) 3 Democracy and Governance in Divided Societies
Beyond the Euromaidan

Lucan A. Way

Stanford University Press

Lucan Way examines regional aspects of Ukrainian identity by comparing it with similar phenomena in Bangladesh, Albania, and Kyrgyzstan. He points out that in each of these cases, regionalism makes it difficult to consolidate democratic government and carry out reforms. However, regionalism also undermines efforts by authoritarian leaders to consolidate their power because it helps opposition to mobilize. As regionalism becomes less pronounced in Ukraine following the Russian annexation of Crimea and the fighting in the Donbas, the key challenge is to promote reform without excluding groups central to Ukraine’s democratic future. One promising reform would reverse the strongest curbs on Soviet era symbolism, and some form of decentralization might also help.

Keywords:   Ukraine, Regional Divides, Identity, Pluralism

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