Civil Society in Post-Euromaidan Ukraine

From Revolution to Consolidation

Edited by Olga Burlyuk and Natalia Shapovalova

ibidem Press

Civil Society in Post-Euromaidan Ukraine

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Pub Date: November 2018

ISBN: 9783838212166

400 Pages

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Civil Society in Post-Euromaidan Ukraine

From Revolution to Consolidation

Edited by Olga Burlyuk and Natalia Shapovalova

ibidem Press

This book is among the first comprehensive efforts to collectively and academically investigate the legacy of the Euromaidan in conflict-torn Ukraine within the domain of civil society broadly understood. The contributions to this book identify, describe, conceptualize, and explain various developments in Ukrainian civil society and its role in Ukraine’s democratization, state-building, and conflict resolution by looking at specific understudied sectors and by tracing the situation before, during, and after the Euromaidan. In doing so, this trailblazing collection highlights a number of new themes, challenges, and opportunities related to Ukrainian civil society. They include volunteerism, grassroots community-based activism, social activism of churches, civic efforts of building peace and reconciliation, civic activism of journalists and digital activism, activism of think tanks, diaspora networks and the LGBT movement, challenges of civil society relations with the state, uncivil society, and the closing of civic space.
In the dramas and struggles of the post-Soviet transitions, the role of Ukraine's civil society stands out as a feature of huge systemic importance. By comparison, in Russia political civil society has been virtually extinguished, and the authoritarian-oligarchic-corporatist regime is unchallenged. The further you go west in Europe, the role of political civil society fades away in the shadows of regular democratic practice. But here in Ukraine, civil society is a front-line political actor, ready to take literally to the barricades when the democratic institutions are failing. It is often said these days in Ukraine, 'unless the regime shapes up better, there will be another Maidan', which is testimony to the phenomenon. The authors are to be congratulated on explaining in all its depth and multiple aspects this major story, so it can take its deserved place in the annals of contemporary political science. Michael Emerson, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels
This book is a critical inquiry into civil society and its role in political processes that shaped post-Soviet Ukraine. The authors not only analyze the reality of solidary actions of Ukrainian citizens, but also create a new set of terms referring to the phenomena of NGO formation, transgression of civic organizations into uncivil units, enfranchising and, simultaneously, entailing an illiberal impact of civic groups on society at large. Anyone seeking to understand contemporary Ukraine and its citizens can do no better than to read this book. Mykhailo Minakov, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
In the space of the decade 2004–2014, Ukraine’s people have twice demonstrated deep democratic desires by massive street actions and twice succeeded in overturning authoritarian governments. Sadly, civil society has then twice been disappointed by the politicians who rose from these successes. This book not only details how strong Ukraine’s civil society is but addresses comprehensively how it is maturing further to ensure that democratic revolutions are followed up and properly implemented. An important read for anyone involved in Ukrainian issues. Oleh Havrylyshyn, Carleton University

About the Author

Natalia Shapovalova is an associate fellow at Vesalius College Brussels and member of the Carnegie Civic Research Network. She studied politics and international studies at Warwick, Maastricht, Lublin and the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Her research has been published with Routledge, Palgrave, John Hopkins University Press as well as in European Security, East European Politics and the Kyiv-Mohyla Law and Politics Journal.

Olga Burlyuk is a Research Foundation—Flanders (FWO) Fellow at the Centre for EU Studies at Ghent University. She studied international relations and law at Kent, Maastricht and the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Her papers have appeared in the Journal of Common Market Studies, East European Politics and Societies, East European Politics, and Kyiv-Mohyla Law and Politics Journal.

Richard Youngs is a senior fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at Carnegie Europe.