Introduction: Ukrainian Society Under Reluctant Transformation and Institutional Duality
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Editors describe the post-Soviet transformation in Ukraine as “reluctant”, contrary to “natural”, “resumed natural” or “voluntary”, and analyse its stages after independence. “Reluctant transformation” implies the absence of a clear plan for achieving transformation. This led to the reproduction of outdated practices inherited from Soviet times associated with corruption and “cronyism” that undermined social trust in the newly developed democratic institutions among the majority of Ukrainians, and condemned Ukraine to stagnation in a state of “institutional duality” and the suffering of a “shock without therapy” type of transition. This theoretical framework constitutes the foundation for empirical research using data from the Ukrainian Society survey, described by the authors. Finally, the editors make a summary of the contributions made by authors of the remaining chapters of the book.
KeywordsUkraine Reluctant transformation Institutional trust Institutional duality Human potential
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