Ukraine’s Decentralization Reforms Since 2014: Initial Achievements and Future Challenges
Democratization often leads to decentralization as greater political pluralism generates societal demands for a redivision of power between the central and subnational levels of government. Before the 2013–14 Euromaidan protests, or ‘Revolution of Dignity’, state power in Ukraine was highly concentrated. Administrative capacity to deliver public services was inadequate, and the country combined centralism and weak local self-government with severe territorial fragmentation. Large inter-regional disparities also persisted in terms of economic development and public administration. Despite occasional gains under the old system – such as improvements to the functioning of some cities, and partial fiscal decentralization – the enormous imbalance between the power of the centre and that of municipalities was a fundamental obstacle to the creation of a sustainable, functioning state.
decentralization process, local communities, hybrid warfare, research paper
Romanova V. Ukraine’s Decentralization Reforms Since 2014: Initial Achievements and Future Challenges / Valentyna Romanova, Andreas Umland ; The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. - [London : s. n.], 2019. - 26 p.