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Oleksandr Fisun

Former Fellow


September 5, 2017 — August 31, 2018

Professional affiliation

Professor, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine

Wilson Center Projects

“How Ukraine is Ruled: Informal Politics and Neopatrimonial Democracy after the Euromaidan Revolution.”

Full Biography

Oleksandr Fisun is Professor of Political Science and Department Head at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine. His primary research interests are comparative politics and democratic theory. He has held visiting fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy (Washington DC), the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington (Seattle), Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta (Edmonton), and the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He has published Democracy, Neopatrimonialism, and Global Transformations (Kharkiv, 2006), as well as numerous book chapters and articles on comparative democratization, neopatrimonialism, regime change in post-Soviet Eurasia, and Ukrainian politics.

Major Publications

Previous Terms

Mar 01, 2001 - Aug 01, 2001: "The Puzzle of the Post-Soviet Democracies: Neo-Patrimonial Interpretations" Mar 01, 2007 - Aug 01, 2007: "Understanding Post-Soviet Politics: Neo-Patrimonial Interpretations"