The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Orange Revolution and Aftermath: Mobilization, Apathy, and the State in Ukraine
In 2004, hundreds of thousands of Ukranian protestors mobilized in the streets of Kyiv against authoritarian rulers who had clearly falsified the Fall elections. The size and efficacy of the Orange Revolution, as the protest became known, surprised political observers -- and even the participants themselves. In the aftermath, many observers concluded that civil society, long thought dead in Ukraine, was alive and well.
After the success of the Orange Revolution, it was widely expected that civil society groups would take an increasingly prominent role in Ukrainian politics, reinvigorating democracy. Yet that influence diminished rapidly, and when the new government also became tainted with corruption, there was no protest or counterattack. This book explores why the influence of civil society groups waned so quickly.
The contributors to this volume probe civil society in Ukraine from a variety of disciplinary perspectives to understand the contest for social mobilization in Ukraine. The essays provide a wealth of new data based on surveys, interviews, documentary analysis, and ethnography.
What People are Saying
"This book takes a step back from the immediate events and asks some important and interesting questions about the state of Ukrainian democracy and society today." —Paul Kubicek, Oakland University
1 Introduction: Civil Society in Ukraine—From Despair to Hope . . . and Back, Paul D'Anieri
Part I. Social Mobilization and the Orange Revolution
2 Orange in a Shade of Gray: Electoral Fraud, Corruption, and Protest in the Orange Revolution, Joshua A. Tucker
3 Building a Revolution: Elite Choice and Opposition Tactics in Pre-Orange Ukraine, Tammy Lynch
4 Orchestrating a Popular Protest Movement to Conduct a Revolution, Ioulia Shukan
5 Ukraine's Orange Revolution: Beyond Soviet Political Culture? Anna Fournier
6 National Identity and Authoritarianism: Belarus and Ukraine Compared, Lucan A. Way
7 Betting on Society: Power Perceptions and Elite Games in Ukraine, Serhiy Kudelia Part II. Identity, Citizens, and the State in Post–Orange Revolution Ukraine
8 Less Fear, Little Trust: Deciphering the Whys of Ukrainian, Tax Compliance, Marc P. Berenson
9 Legitimizing Facades: Civil Society in Post-Orange Ukraine, Jessica Allina-Pisano
10 The Dialogics of Development: NGOs, Ethnopolitics, and Roma in Ukraine, Adriana Helbig
11 Encompassing Religious Pluralism: The Orthodox Imaginary of Ukraine, Vlad Naumescu Contributors