Claudia Šabi?

Claudia Šabi? ist Politikwissenschaftlerin und Ethnologin. Seit 1998 ist sie Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main.

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Wer spaltet die Ukraine? Über die Wandlungsresistenz neopatrimonialer Systeme

Glancing at the political situation of Ukraine the spectator remains rather helpless. The debacle of the call of early parliamentary elections for December 2008, which had to be postponed ever since, and the elites’ disability to build an efficient coalition after the Orange Revolution in 2004 led to various explanations of the ongoing crisis. Above all, cultural factors are used as an explanatory factor. Culture is said to be different in eastern and western Ukraine due to historic, ethnic and religious circumstances. This article shows that historic-cultural explanations are not sufficient to get a grip on political ongoings in today’s Ukraine.
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