The Orange Revolution in November/December 2004 has unambiguously determined the future orientation of Ukraine: Joining the European Union has obtained top priority. «Europe» is understood here not as a geographical or historical term, but as a normative concept including respect for human and civil rights, rule of law, division of powers, parliamentary democracy, open and pluralistic society and so on. The publication has two aims: a critical analysis and evaluation of the efforts of Ukraine under President Yushchenko to bring about a change in direction toward a rapprochement to the European Union (2005-2008), and the identification of cultural constants of the Ukrainian society which either hinder or are conducive to the rapprochement.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 331 pp., num. fig.
Contents: Gerhard Simon: After the Orange Revolution: the Rocky Road to Democracy – Ingmar Bredies: The 2004 Constitutional
Reform: Origins, Driving Forces and Consequences – Dieter Segert: Political Parties in Ukraine since the Orange Revolution
– Walter Rechberger: Judicial Independence in Ukraine – Åse Berit Grødeland: Cultural Constants, Corruption and the Orange
Revolution – Heiko Pleines: The Political Role of the Oligarchs – Martin Schauer/Anna Lawrenjuk: Ukrainian Company Law between
Modernisation and Post-Soviet Tradition - The Joint Stock Company as an Example – Bettina Haidinger: Social Policy and Poverty
Alleviation in Ukraine from a Gender Perspective – Kerstin Zimmer: The Role of Ukraine within the European Migration System
– Susan Stewart: NGO Development in Ukraine since the Orange Revolution – Juliane Besters-Dilger: Ukrainian Media Policies
on the Way to Europe – Andreas Kappeler: The Politics of History in Contemporary Ukraine: Russia, Poland, Austria, and Europe
– Martin Malek: The «Western Dimension» of the Foreign and Security Policy of Ukraine since 2005 with Special Consideration
of the «Russian Factor» – Lina Klymenko: What Holds Ukraine and Poland Together? On External and Internal Factors of Ukrainian-Polish
Relations – Alois Woldan: Culture Dimensions in Ukraine – Renate Pillinger: Ukraine’s Approach to the Preservation of its
Ancient and Religious Inheritance – Igor Gordyi: The Ukrainian Churches and the Europeanisation of Ukraine.