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70654-01 - Seminar: Politics of Ukraine – Political Actors and Institutions 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Olena Rybiy (olena.rybiy@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This seminar offers an opportunity to discuss recent and ongoing political process as well as main institutions in modern Ukraine. Seminar covers a broad range of topics with the aim to present the comprehensive picture on how Ukraine is undergoing major political and social changes over time by means of gradual breaking the post-soviet legacy.

Emphasis in seminar’s literature and lecture part is placed on the new institutional paradigm which argues that both formal and informal institutions act as “rules of the game” and shapes behavior and preferences of political actors.
Topics:
1. Political system of Modern Ukraine: Breaking Post-Soviet Path Dependence
2. Revolutions: Citizen Voice Make a Difference or Away from Post-Colonial Legacy
3. Parliament: Setting the Stage for Rules of the Game
4. Presidency: a Compromiser, a Firm Hand, Mr. Disenchantment, a Traitor and a Hero
5. Electoral System and Conscious Choice: “30 Years in Dessert” or in Search for Optimal Voting Rules
6. Politics, Politicians and Parties: Structure vs Agency
7. Informal Institutions: Shadow Theatre of Ukrainian Politics
8. Grand and Petty Corruption: Defeat the Hydra
9. Civil Society: Atlas Bearing Up the Vault of the Heavens
10. Local Self-Government: Nation’s Hope and if not, the Clannish Style of Governing
11. External Relations: Full-Fledged Player or a Buffer Zone?
12. Reforms and Approximation to EU: How to Get to the “Promised Land”
13. Russia’s war against Ukraine: What the Postwar Balance of Power Would Be
14. Democracy as a Gift? How to Get Ukraine on the Right Track
Lernziele Seminar provided an opportunity for in-depth case study of democratic transition in Eastern Europe.
Students complete readings and assignments before the class and in a discussion-based format explore Ukrainian political and social institutions in their transition to more advanced democratic forms. In addition, participants are informed about recent and ongoing political processes in Ukraine including current reforms, anti-corruption measures, political and ideological struggles, civil society development and consequences of Russia’s war against Ukraine on world order.
The knowledge acquired during the seminar will contribute to the students’ ability to analyze the background, driving forces and main features of politics in Ukraine, as well as assess the prospects for the democratic transition in young post-soviet democracies.
Literatur Topic 1:
J. Johnson. Path Contingency in Postcommunist Transformations // Comparative Politics, Vol. 33, No. 3 (Apr., 2001). - p. 253-263.
M. Schneiberg. What’s on the path? Path dependence, organizational diversity and the problem of institutional change in the US economy, 1900–1950. - p.50-52.
Mikloš, I. Three Models of Post-Communist Transformation and Lessons Learned // Central European Business Review, 2021. - p. 43-56.
Paul J. D'Anieri, Understanding Ukrainian Politics: Power, Politics, and Institutional Design, p.3-17.
H. Hale, Regime Cycles: Democracy, Autocracy, and Revolution in Post-Soviet Eurasia // World Politics 58 (October 2005). - p.133-135.
A. Wilson, The Ukrainians. Unexpected Nation, Yale University Press, 2015. // Chapter 9. Politics: Developing the Rules of the Game. - p. 172-174.
Additional:
S. Kudelia, G. Kasianov. Ukraine’s Political Development after Independence. From “the Ukraine” to Ukraine: A Contemporary History from 1991-2021//Wilson Center. - p.9-55
Ukraine's Many Faces: Land, People, and Culture Revisited// O Palko, M. Férez Gil (eds.). - Timeline of Ukrainian History. - p.20, 21-22.
O. Khromeychuk. Where is Ukraine? How a western outlook perpetuates myths about Europe’s largest country// Ukraine's Many Faces. - p.21-22.

Topic 2:
A. Wilson. The Ukrainians. Unexpected Nation. - The Orange Revolution and its Aftermath. - p.316-323.
A. Salnykova. The Orange Revolution: A case study of democratic transition. - p.84-95.
M.Minakov. Democratization and Europeanisation in 21st century Ukraine. - p.1-4
Y. Shveda, J. Ho Park. Ukraine’s revolution of dignity: The dynamics of Euromaidan // Journal of Eurasian Studies 7 (2016). - p.85-91
I. Gerasimov, Ukraine’s Postcolonial Revolution and Counterrevolution [conference paper] // Revolution and War: Ukraine and the Great Transformation of Modern Europe. - p.1-11.
V. Stepanenko. Ukraine’s Revolution as De-Institutionalization of the Post-Soviet Order // Ukraine After Euromaidan: Challenges and Hopes, 2015. - p. 29-44.
Additional:
Timothy Snyder: The Making of Modern Ukraine. Class 20. Maidan and Self-Understanding [video lecture]

Topic 3:
Whitmore, S. (23 February 2023), Ukraine’s Parliament: One year at war (Hansard Society blog)
https://www.hansardsociety.org.uk/blog/ukraines-parliament-one-year-at-war
S. Whitmore. Disrupted Democracy in Ukraine? Protest, Performance and Contention in the Verkhovna Rada. Europe-Asia Studies, 2019. - p.1474-1507.
On the way to parliamentary reform // Reanimation Package of Reforms, 2023.
"Portrait" of the newly-elected IX convocation of Ukrainian Parliament// Civil Network OPORA, 2019
Two Years of Operation of the Verkhovna Rada of 8-th Convocation: Legislative Capacity and Law-Making Process// Civil Network OPORA, 2021
Additional:
S. Whitmore. Performing Protest and Representation? Exploring Citizens' Perceptions of Parliament in Ukraine. East European Politics, 2020. - p.86-106.

Topic 4:
T. Sedelius. Towards Presidential Rule in Ukraine: Hybrid Regime Dynamics under Semi-Presidentialism // Baltic Journal of Law and Politics, 5(1), 2012. - p.22-41.
S. Kudelia. The sources of continuity and change of Ukraine’s incomplete state // Communist and Post-Communist Studies 45 (2012). – p. 417–427.
H. Hale, Regime Cycles: Democracy, Autocracy, and Revolution in Post-Soviet Eurasia // World Politics 58 (October 2005). - p.149-156
V. Demydova. 2019 Presidential Elections in Ukraine: How Zelensky was Elected? - p.582-589.
B.Acheson. 5 Leadership Lessons - from Ukraine's President Zelensky.
Additional:
A. Wilson, The Ukrainians. Unexpected Nation. p. 182-184, 193-197, 316-318, 343-344
T.Kuzio. From Kuchma to Yushchenko: Ukraine’s 2004 Presidential Elections and the Orange Revolution
O. Mashtaler. The 2019 Presidential Election in Ukraine: Populism, the Influence of the Media, and the Victory of the Virtual Candidate. - p.127-142.

Topic 5:
Rybiy O. Party System Institutionalization in Ukraine // Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Vol. 21, Issue 3, Summer 2013. - p. 401-412.
S. Birch. Electoral Systems and Political Transformation // One Europe or Several? [ed. H. Wallace]. – p. 3-17, p.21-25, 140-142.
O. Rybiy. 2012 Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine: Balancing on the Edge [online article]
OPORA Report on 2019 Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine. - p. 176-185.
Additional:
S. Bowler. Expert opinion on electoral systems: So which electoral system is “best”? // Journal of Elections Public Opinion and Parties, 2005.

Topic 6:
O. Rybiy. Party System Institutionalization in Ukraine // Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Vol. 21, Issue 3, Summer 2013. - p. 412-423.
A.Umland, K.Fedorenko, O.Rybiy. The Ukrainian Party System before and after the 2013–2014 Euromaidan.– p.609-628.
S. Whitmore. Political party development in Ukraine [Research Report], 2014. – p. 1-6.
K. Odarchenko. The Map of Political Forces in Today’s Ukraine // Wilson Center, 2020.
Additional:
Ukraine’s party system evolution:1990-2017// Razumkov Centre. - p.57-62

Topic 7:
G. Helmke. Informal Institutions and Comparative Politics : A Research Agenda / Gretchen Helmke, Steven Levitsky // Perspectives on Politics, 2012. – p.725-731.
I. Amundsen. Political Corruption: An Introduction to the Issues // Development Studies and Human Rights, 1999. - p.10-14
M.Minakov. Democratization and Europeanisation in 21st century Ukraine [CEPS-led project’s publication], 2020. - p.6-14.
S. Kudelia. The Constitutional Change and the Breakdown of Elite Cooperation in Ukraine after 2004 [Paper prepared for 2010 World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities]. – p.2-31.
Additional:
Shadow system of subsidy distribution is unacceptable. [Statement from Civil Network OPORA]
H. Pleines. Oligarchs and politics in Ukraine // Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Politics, 2016.


Topic 8:
I. Amundsen. Political Corruption: An Introduction to the Issues // // Development Studies and Human Rights, 1999. - p.1-10, 21-26.
S. Kudelia. Corruption in Ukraine: Perpetuum Mobile or the Endplay of Post-Soviet Elites // Beyond the Euromaidan. – p. 61-77.
USAID/ENGAGE. National Corruption Perceptions and Experience Poll 2023.
Corruption Perceptions Index-2022// Transparency International Ukraine
2022 Nations in Transit Report. Ukraine. (Section: Corruption)

Topic 9:
S.Kudelia. Society as an Actor in Post-Soviet State-Building // Demokratizatsiya. - p. 149-156.
O. Burlyuk, N. Shapovalova, K. Zarembo. Civil Society in Ukraine: Building on Euromaidan Legacy // Kyiv-Mohyla Law and Politics Journal, 2017. – p. 2-9.
K. Zarembo, E. Martin. Civil society and sense of community in Ukraine: from dormancy to action // European Societies, 2023. – p. 1-23.
The 2021 CSO Sustainability Index for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia. - p.231-239.
Defining Civil Society of Ukraine. UNDP [infographics]
Additional:
M. Gatskov. Civil Society in Ukraine // Ukraine in Transformation: From Soviet Republic to European Society. -p.123-141.
K. Alekankina. Lessons of pandemic learned: NGOs’ experiences in adapting to the full-scale war // VoxUkraine, 2022.

Topic 10:
Decentralization in Ukraine: Achievements, expectations, and concerns // Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research, 2017. - p.3-24.
The link between decentralization and EU integration // New Europe Center, Centre for East European and International Studies, 2020. - p.4-23.
M. Bader. The Risk of Local Elite Capture in Ukraine’s Decentralization Reform // VoxUkraine, 2021.

Topic 11:
A. Wilson, The Ukrainians. Unexpected Nation. Engaging Europe: Myth and Reality. – p.290-294, 298-300.
J. Masters. Ukraine: Conflict at the Crossroads of Europe and Russia // Council on Foreign Relations.
T. Kuzio, P. D’Anieri. Russia-West-Ukraine: Triangle of Competition 1991–2013 // E-International Relations, 2018. - p.9-12.
DIPLOMACY-2022. Foreign Policy Expectations of Ukrainian Society [Report] // New Europe Center, 2022.
O.Haran, P. Burkovskyi. The EU and Ukraine’s Public Opinion: Changing Dynamic [JOINT brief], 2022. – p. 2-10.
A.Getmanchuk. Diplomacy vs DiploYermakacy: The first year of President Zelenskyy’s foreign policy, 2020.
Additional:
TRUMAN Index #11: The Latest Trends in Ukraine’s Foreign Policy, 2019.

Topic 12:
Economist Impact. Ukraine Reform Tracker: Governance Reforms [Report]. - p.3-15.
Democratic Reforms for Ukraine’s EU Integration. Dialogue with Key-Reformers [Infographics] // Reanimation Package of Reforms, 2022.
New Europe Center. Candidate Check-4: Where Ukraine is in the implementation of 7 EU recommendations [Infographics], 2023.
P. Klimkin. Why Ukraine delayed integration and reforms. And why it’s high time to get serious // The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), 2023.
M. Králiková. Importing EU norms: the case of anti-corruption reform in Ukraine // Journal of European Integration, 2022. - p.245-256.
Additional:
Economist Impact. Ukraine Reform Tracker: Social Reforms.
A.Wilson. Survival of the Richest: How Oligarchs Block Reforms in Ukraine

Topic 13:
A. Pabriks, A. Kudors. The War in Ukraine: Lessons for Europe // The Centre for East European Policy Studies,
University of Latvia Press, 2015. - p.175-178.
I.Kotoulas, W.Pusztai. Geopolitics of the War in Ukraine [Report] // Foreign Affairs Institute, 2022. - p. 07-26, 32-40, 55-66.
Y. Hrytsak. Ukraine will become a new Central European tiger [interview] // Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, 2022.
T. Snyder. The War in Ukraine Is a Colonial War [article] // The New Yorker, 2022.
Additional:
S.Smith &co. War in Ukraine lives and livelihoods lost and disrupted // McKinsey Quarterly, 2022.
O.White. War in Ukraine: Twelve disruptions changing the world // McKinsey Report, 2022.

Topic 14:
Nations in Transit. 2023. Ukraine [Freedom House Report]

All texts will be provided.
Bemerkungen Attention:
All Seminars will be graded in the Department of Political Science.
Grading scale 6.0 to 1.0, whereupon 4.0 is a pass.
The number of participants is limited. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to students of Political Science.

 

Teilnahmebedingungen Attention:
All Seminars will be graded in the Department of Political Science.
Grading scale 6.0 to 1.0, whereupon 4.0 is a pass.
The number of participants is limited. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to students of Political Science.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
wöchentlich Mittwoch 12.15-13.45 Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004

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Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 20.09.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Mittwoch 27.09.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Mittwoch 04.10.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Mittwoch 11.10.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Mittwoch 18.10.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Mittwoch 25.10.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Mittwoch 01.11.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Mittwoch 08.11.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Mittwoch 15.11.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Mittwoch 22.11.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Mittwoch 29.11.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Mittwoch 06.12.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Mittwoch 13.12.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Mittwoch 20.12.2023 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Module Modul: Regionaler Fokus B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach: Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Vertiefung Politikwissenschaft B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach: Politikwissenschaft)
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