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Crises in Ukraine: 2004 and 2013 in Comparative Context

Jan 10, 2014
Big scale political crises occur in Ukraine approximately once in a decade, with each next crisis more devastating than the previous one. However, if the crises of 1994 and 2004 resulted in a change of power, the crisis of 2013 so far has not been resolved.

From Maidan to Systemic Changes?

Jan 10, 2014
The proclamation of the “Maidan” public association can be considered a constructive step forward following the month-long protests in the center of Kyiv. It is quite a positive development that it is finally possible to move from symbolically meaningful but not very effective demonstrations in the modern “Occupy” fashion towards a broad mobilization of engaged citizens seeking systemic changes, including virtual networks (“with Maidan in our minds,” as Lutsenko put it).

The Efficiency of Managing Social Life under Multi-Actor Decision-Making

Jan 10, 2014
The efficiency of public administration, or in other words managing social life, greatly depends on the way of elaborating, adopting, and implementing administrative decisions. Among the factors that determine the characteristics of the system of administrative decision-making there are the number and the status of actors that take part in this process, their professional competence, their connections with social groups they represent, and other aspects.

Криза в Україні 2004 і 2013 року у порівняльному контексті

Jan 10, 2014
Масштабні політичні кризи вибухають в Україні приблизно раз на десять років, при чому кожна наступна є гострішою ніж попередня. Проте якщо кризи 1994 і 2004 років привели до зміни влади, то криза 2013 р. поки що не розв’язана.

What was it?

Jan 10, 2014
What was it – a global scale game, as to who can pay more and under what terms, or the real wish, although defined mainly by the pragmatic understanding of one’s own interests? This can be a simplified summary of the polemics which started in Ukraine and all over the world after the Association Agreement including establishing the preferential zone of free trade between Ukraine and the European Union was not signed in Vilnius. As time goes by, the former version of the game with the due adjustments predetermined by political situation in Bankova street becomes more and more popular. One can even hear a statement that current Ukrainian power could not sign the Agreement with the EU because of their incompatible mentality.

Від Майдану до системних змін?

Jan 10, 2014
Проголошення народного об’єднання “Майдан” видається конструктивним кроком після місячного протестного марафону в центрі столиці. Конструктив полягає, принаймні, у тому, що нарешті позначено можливості переходу від символічно важливого, але мало ефективного стояння у новітньому стилі “occupy” до підготовки широкої мобілізації, навіть мережево-віртуальної (“з Майданом у головах” за висловом Ю. Луценка) небайдужих громадян, що прагнуть системних змін.

Ефективність управління суспільним життям в умовах багатоакторності

Jan 10, 2014
Ефективність державного управління чи, іншими словами, організації суспільного життя значною мірою залежить від того, яким чином відбувається вироблення, ухвалення і виконання управлінських рішень. До чинників, що визначають характеристики системи ухвалення управлінських рішень, входять кількість і статус акторів, що беруть участь у цьому, їхня професійна підготовленість, зв’язок акторів з суспільними групами, які вони представляють, та інші.

Russian Geopolitical Assault: Possibilities and Realities

Jan 10, 2014
History proves that if, following the radical changes in the international relations, reliable mechanisms and instruments to support the new configuration are not set up, earlier or later some members of the system will try to disrupt the balance of forces. Geopolitical assault can be considered one of such instruments. Its essence is the restoration of the control over the lost territories and spheres of influence, and in the end, it leads not only to restoration, but also to the enhancement of its status in the international system.

The Nation-Building Role and the Historical Roots of Maidan

Jan 10, 2014
Maidan is a unique experience in the history of protest movements and peaceful revolutions. Its positive aura and self-sufficiency, unexpected firmness and kindness of its participants impel to contemplate the phenomenon of Maidan and its future. As Vitaliy Portnikov wrote, the 21st century in Ukraine has begun with Maidan. What will it be like for Ukrainians?

Anatomy of a Political Crisis: Born in the USSR

Jan 10, 2014
Anyone following the current developments can provide an explanation for what has been going on. Some people refer to the geo-strategic battles between East and West; others,to the launching of the 2015 election campaign; some refer to Yanukovych’s pathological hatred of Tymoshenko; and still others claim that another global redistribution of spheres of influence and capital is taking place. All of these opinions are probably valid and each of them makes sense to a certain extent, but only to a certain extent.

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