End to informality? Examining the impact of institutional reforms on informal institutions in post-Euromaidan Ukraine

Aliyev, H. (2016) End to informality? Examining the impact of institutional reforms on informal institutions in post-Euromaidan Ukraine. Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, 24(3), pp. 207-221. (doi:10.1080/0965156X.2016.1260206)

Aliyev, H. (2016) End to informality? Examining the impact of institutional reforms on informal institutions in post-Euromaidan Ukraine. Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, 24(3), pp. 207-221. (doi:10.1080/0965156X.2016.1260206)

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Abstract

What happens to informal institutions in the process of institutional reforms? This article aims to examine one particular aspect of the complex interaction between institutional reforms and informality; the impact of reforms on informal political institutions. The success of Ukraine’s Euromaidan in overthrowing the autocratic government of Viktor Yanukovich in 2014 has ushered a wind of change into the post-Soviet political landscape, for decades dominated by authoritarian and semi-authoritarian forms of governance and the reliance on informal institutions engraved in political traditions. This study is among the first to question as to whether an ambitious reform agenda currently being implemented by the Ukraine’s post-Euromaidan government has had a notable impact on the deeply rooted informal relations in the political sphere. Drawing its empirical insights from a series of in-depth interviews conducted in Kiev in 2015, this study shows that while informal relations have become increasingly vulnerable to formalization efforts and, as a result, various informal institutions in present-day Ukrainian politics have lost their functions and influence, other informal institutions are not only being preserved by the political elites, but also are being employed to promote the reform processes.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This study was funded by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Aliyev, Dr Huseyn
Authors: Aliyev, H.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:2573-9638
ISSN (Online):2573-9646
Published Online:24 November 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe 24(3): 207-221
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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