Roundtable Webinar "Ukrainian Regional Elections: post-Maidan decentralisation, Zelensky’s second year and new dynamics in Ukrainian politics"
As part of IRES’s series of webinars on national or regional elections in the Post-Soviet space, this event focuses on the aftermath of regional elections in Ukraine (25th October). While it seems all the attention is on Belarus’s political crisis, the situation in Ukraine is very different; it is now six years since the Maidan revolution, during which time there have been many ups and downs in Ukrainian politics.
Our roundtable sheds light on the post-Maidan evolution Ukraine’s political system, especially on the direction taken by President Zelensky, whose electoral law of December 2019 changed regional elections in a number of ways. The event will provide not only a timely post-election analysis of where Zelensky is going (and what might come after him) but also focus on the vibrancy and diversity of regional politics in Ukraine, which can tell us much about what may come after Zelensky in 2024.
Four specialists on Ukrainian politics join us:
Yuri Matsievsky (Professor of Political Science, Head at the Center for Political Research, National University of Ostroh Academy) will provide an introduction with a general focus on where the Ukrainian political system is going under Zelensky as well as a discussion of his falling popularity, the significance of his reforms, and how Covid-19 and the Belarus crisis has impacted Ukrainian politics in 2020.
Valentyna Romanova (Japan Association for Russian and East European Studies, Wilson Centre) will consider the regional elections in light of post-Maidan decentralising reforms and their overall importance to Ukraine’s political development in the direction of improved state functioning and democratic accountability.
Olena Podolian (Research assistant, CBEES, Södertörn University) will analyse the regional election results in West Ukraine and consider how changing political dynamics there;
Volodymyr Dubovyk (Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Odesa National University) will focus on the South-East (especially Odessa) and possible Russian involvement in regional elections.