Pro-democratic orientations and civil society in Ukraine

A reconstruction of the political orientations of Ukrainians on the basis of survey data from the last two decades reveals a picture that is far from being comforting and promising. Pro-democratic orientations constitute a minor part of the political cultural pattern in the population. The majority of the population avoids active political participation and remains paternalistically oriented, what may facilitate the persistence of an authoritarian political regime. On the other hand, a new social movement represented by recently emerged numerous volunteer organizations and initiatives points to a substantial positive change in people’s political orientations. Weiterlesen