Liberal Democracy vs. Autocracy: the Case of Ukraine

Hanna Bazhenova

ORCID: Hanna Bazhenova: 0000-0003-1724-7213

Afiliacja: Instytut Europy Środkowej, Lublin, Polska

Pages: 15-38

Edition: Lublin 2018

DOI: --

Citation method: Hanna Bazhenova, ‘Liberal Democracy vs. Autocracy: the Case of Ukraine’, Yearbook of the Institute of East-Central Europe, Vol. 16, No. 5, 2018, pp. 15-38.

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Abstract: The object of this paper is to determine what kind of state is being built in Ukraine: a liberal-democratic or an authoritarian one. This article gives a brief overview of the concepts of the ‘rule of law’, ‘liberal democracy’, and ‘hybrid regimes’. It shows general trends in the status and development of democracy in East-Central Europe and identifies the main risks for democracy development in Ukraine. The paper closely examines the public administration and the judicial system of Ukraine, the work of its Central Election Commission (CEC), and the functioning of mass media and social media. The article shows that the powers of the presidential office have been expanded since 2016 while at the same time undermining democratic institutions established in the aftermath of the Euromaidan revolution.


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