Civic activism and external democracy promotion in Ukraine before and after Euromaidan
Civic activism in Ukraine can be considered one of the most active civil society phenomena in the Soviet and post-Soviet context. From the various uprisings and dissident movements in the Ukrainian Soviet Republic to the revolutions of 2004 and 2013/14, civil society in Ukraine has shown an extraordinary ability to campaign and mobilize. Further, until today, Ukraine has been and still is one of the priority countries of western democracy aid programs. However, the status of democracy in Ukraine oscillated heavily over the past 25 years, and the sustainability of civil action and its political impact is questionable. In lecture Dr. Susann Worschech will give an overview on revolutionary movements and revolutionary moments in Ukraine, on the unfolding of civic activism, on the three strategies of external democracy promotion in Ukraine and on the structuration of civil society in the context of this external assistance.
Susann Worschech – Research Associate at European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), author of few monographs about democracy in Ukraine. In 2017 two books will be published – Externe Demokratieförderung und Zivilgesellschaft. Strategien und Netzwerke am Beispiel der Ukraine (Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften) and Transnational Ukraine? Networks and Ties that Influence(d) Contemporary Ukraine, with Timm Beichelt (Stuttgart: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2017).