Building Ukraine from Within - A Sociological, Institutional, and Economic Analysis of a Nation-State in the Making

Building Ukraine from Within - A Sociological, Institutional, and Economic Analysis of a Nation-State in the Making

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Ukraine drew significant media attention after the 2013-2014 Revolution of Dignity and the subsequent undeclared war waged by Russia. However, the nature of these events and their impact on the social, economic, and political development of this country remain under-studied and, hence, often misunderstood. The reader is invited to take an inside look at the recent developments in Ukraine and to search for an answer to the question of whether transition from externally to internally driven development is possible in this case. Anton Oleinik argues that Ukraine is currently going through a revolutionary period aimed at building a nation-state and its aftermath. Ukraine is a latecomer in this process, especially compared with most other European countries. Its outcomes cannot be predicted with certainty. It is yet to be seen if a current surge in volunteerism and bottom-up civic initiatives will lead to the emergence of a viable and sustainable national democratic system in this country.
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  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 666g
  • Stuttgart, Germany
  • English
  • 3838211502
  • 9783838211503

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This book presents the results of a set of original and innovative sociological inquiries into the state of culture, economy, and society of Ukraine, including their grounding in history and the impact of the events of 2013-2014. Using a wide range of research instruments--including surveys, interviews, discourse analysis, citation indices, most initiated by the author himself--Oleinik probes the growing uniqueness of Ukraine and ways in which it differs from Russia, in past and present. At the same time, each separate investigation is grounded in the best general literature on the subject and the author draws out the implications for it. Among the common foci are concerns with types of power and with differences in values, both shaped by Weberian or post-Weberian concepts. In short, this work is a tour de force that will prove highly stimulating to scholars who study Ukraine and to social scientists concerned with such topics as political culture and culture change, the sources of protest strategies, economic thought, the sources of economic progress, and volunteerism and its contribution to nation-building. The study is above all an exercise in institutional sociology (although the author is also an economist). Both the attention to and use of concepts and the statistical analyses (featuring regressions) call for sophistication on the part of the reader. At the same time, the author also explains his findings in everyday language and teases out their implications. The larger unifying theme of the need for Ukraine to depend mainly on internal sources of development (moving away from a tradition of externally driven actions) is sensible and important. The analysis of the (changing) contributions of foreign and international aid projects adds to this message. In speculating about Ukraine's future, Oleinik wisely allows for various scenarios. At the same time, he provides the reader with the possibility of positive outcomes. Above all, the work is thought-provoking.--Peter H. Solomon, Jr., University of Toronto
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About Anton Oleinik

Andreas Umland is Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for European Security in the Institute of International Relations at Prague, Principal Researcher of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation at Kyiv, and General Editor of the ibidem-Verlag book series Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society.
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