"Why Isn't Ukraine Authoritarian?" Asks Nataliya Kibita
Why are Ukrainians prone to revolt? Why, unlike Russia and other post-Soviet states, has Ukraine been able to avoid authoritarianism?
These are the questions at the root of Nataliya Kibita’s current research. A HURI Research Fellow in Ukrainian Studies during the Spring 2019 term, Kibita studies institutional change and continuity. More specifically, her project analyses the origins of regionalism, weak presidential power, and consensus-seeking politics in Ukraine. Her hypothesis is that these political tendencies in post-Soviet Ukraine are a legacy of the Soviet political system.
Here, she answers a few questions to explain how the power dynamics within the Soviet Union had a lasting impact on Ukraine's political climate.