Evolving Political Ideas and Organizational Practices of Ukraine’s ‘Activist’ Organizations, 2013-2019

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Leonid Kyianytsia PhD


      The events of Euromaidan and the subsequent processes of political development under the conditions of the undeclared Russian-Ukrainian war and the related political crisis were accompanied by the significant development of informal and semi-formal political groups and organizations, collectively known as “activists". Nevertheless, despite the empirically proven and intensive participation of these groups in both street and formal politics of Ukraine, it seems that the ideological and political nature of these organizations and the depth of their involvement in political processes in modern Ukrainian society and politics remain unclear. That is why this article aims to clarify these two aspects of a particular issue, based on the need for theoretical and empirical research of "activists" as not only a mediatic but also a political entity. The article traces the structure of relations of activist groups (organizations) singled out as a subject of research with other formal and informal political actors (public authorities, political parties, law enforcement agencies, churches and religious organizations, etc.) is traced. The study took a step toward determining the ideological and political specifics of the "activist" field of informal political life of Ukrainian society in the years from Euromaidan to the election of President of Ukraine V. Zelensky and described the extent and degree of integration of "activist" groups in Ukraine's political system in the circumstance of a social crisis.


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Kyianytsia PhD, L. (2021). Evolving Political Ideas and Organizational Practices of Ukraine’s ‘Activist’ Organizations, 2013-2019. National Interest, 2(5), 38–47. Retrieved from https://sc01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/NIT/article/view/240125
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