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Scholars Day: April 9, 2014

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Prospects for the Consolidation of Democracy in Ukraine

This paper examines the democratic trajectory of Ukraine since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and subsequently, the establishment of Ukrainian independence, in 1991. In addition, using the theoretical model of democratic consolidation as a guiding critical framework, it analyzes the prospects for Ukraine becoming what political scientists call a ‘consolidated’ democracy. Essentially, a democracy can only be considered ‘consolidated’ when democracy, as a form of government, is deemed the “only game in town.” Moreover, democracy is considered the “only game in town” when there are no elements of viable alternative forms of government, such as authoritarianism, being observed. Furthermore, the importance of this topic has become ever more relevant due to the events that happened under the peaceful 2004 Orange Revolution as well as the recent ongoing “Euromaidan” protests and demonstrations.

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Presenter: Katelyn Hess (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Political Science
Location: 221 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am Session II