University of Strathclyde US, UK and EU Flags Takes you to the main page for this section

SPP 375

Author: Lucan A Way
Description: This article examines regime trajectories in Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine in the face of a common set of historical and institutional factors that would seem to undermine democratic development. What explains the relative strength of pluralism in all three countries in the early 1990s and the divergent paths taken by the three countries by the late 1990s? Moldova, the poorest and most rural of the three was also the most democratic. Ukraine remained a competitive authoritarian or hybrid regime while Belarus quickly descended from a competitive authoritarian regime into a rather virulent form of dictatorship. My argument is that the initial level of pluralism in the early 1990s was a direct outgrowth of the simultaneous collapse of regime and state in 1990-91. State collapse in all three countries undermined the capacity of incumbents to impose authoritarian rule. The greater success of pluralism in Moldova and Ukraine can be traced to the greater degree of ethnic fragmentation and polarization there.

Price: £4.00
Postal Address:    CSPP Publications, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, G1 1XQ, UK

In order to purchase this paper click the following link to open the university shop and enter the cost/publication info as instructed

CSPP School of Government & Public Policy U. of Strathclyde Glasgow G1 1XQ Scotland