Assisting Reform in Post-Communist Ukraine, 2000–2012

The Illusions of Donors and the Disillusion of Beneficiaries

Duncan Leitch. Foreword by Kataryna Wolczuk

ibidem Press

Assisting Reform in Post-Communist Ukraine, 2000–2012

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Pub Date: April 2016

ISBN: 9783838208749

280 Pages

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Assisting Reform in Post-Communist Ukraine, 2000–2012

The Illusions of Donors and the Disillusion of Beneficiaries

Duncan Leitch. Foreword by Kataryna Wolczuk

ibidem Press

Duncan Leitch exposes the unexpected consequences of international aid for post-communist transitions. Examining the efforts to reform relations between Kiev and the regions of Ukraine, Duncan Leitch explores how and why fiscal decentralization and regional policy programs initiated by the Ukrainian government and supported by the Western donor community failed to achieve a sustainable outcome. Drawing on concepts from institutional theory, comparative politics, and development studies, Leitch explains the complex interactions between external donors and the domestic recipients of their advice. His findings shed light on the narrow circumstances under which short-term success can be achieved, but also point towards the failings of the donor community to lay the groundwork for lasting reform. A valuable resource for anyone working in the development sector in Eastern Europe or beyond, this book provides a new outlook on the political realities of the reform process, the relevance of international advice, and the domestic pressures leading to the Maidan uprising of 2013.
High-quality research which offers important contributions to knowledge both for development studies and area studies. Richard Batley, University of Birmingham
Fascinating to read and a considerable contribution to the Ukrainian Studies literature. Sarah Whitmore, Oxford Brookes University

About the Author

Duncan Leitch has worked as consultant on the reform of public administration in Russia and Ukraine since 1993. He has been employed by the European Union, the UK's Department for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency, and other institutional donors.

Kataryna Wolczuk is reader in politics and international studies at the University of Birmingham.