Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/144185
Authors: 
Strasheim, Julia
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
GIGA Working Papers 287
Abstract: 
Why did Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution initiate a peaceful democratic transition, while the 2014 protests were followed by violent conflict? This paper complements previous studies on Russia's role in Ukraine by focusing on domestic explanations of the recent violence. It shows that structural factors were already conducive to violence in 2004, making it fruitful to analyse the role of agency to explain the 2014 conflict. It then demonstrates that while the 2004 transition introduced power-sharing guarantees that mitigated commitment problems for the relevant parties, the 2014 transition saw no such guarantees, making violence a rational strategy for the pro-Russian separatists.
Subjects: 
Ukraine
transition
power-sharing
commitment problems
armed conflict
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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