Development of Underdevelopment: State and Modernization Project in the post-Leninist Ukraine

JVF Conference Papers

This paper seeks to analyze the interrelation and interpenetration between major societal spheres critical for successful handling of the post-Leninist modernization/developmental project Ukrainian state formation and political regime developments. The state is understood in this article as „a set of organizations through which collectivities of officials may be able to formulate and implement distinctive strategies and policies“ (Skocpol 1985, p.20-21). In my conceptualization of political regimes I draw upon Highly and Burton who define them as „basic pattern of organization, exercise, and transfer of government decision-making power“ (Highly and Burton 1989, p.18). It should also be taken into account that the transformation of Ukrainian society...

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