The Political Economy of Independent Ukraine

Slow Starts, False Starts, and a Last Chance?

  • Oleh Havrylyshyn

Part of the Studies in Economic Transition book series (SET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Oleh Havrylyshyn
      Pages 3-11
    3. Oleh Havrylyshyn
      Pages 13-31
  3. Post Independence Economic Reforms and Performance

  4. The Key Political-Economy Challenges Since Independence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Oleh Havrylyshyn
      Pages 187-200
    3. Oleh Havrylyshyn
      Pages 201-222
    4. Oleh Havrylyshyn
      Pages 223-247
    5. Oleh Havrylyshyn
      Pages 279-300
  5. Summary and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 333-353

About this book


Marking the 25th anniversary of Ukraine as a sovereign nation, this book traces its economic transformation since 1991. Post-communist transition has been a highlight of recent history, and Ukraine stands out as one of its most interesting and puzzling cases. Havrylyshyn offers the first comprehensive treatise on the entire period, providing a thorough description of the slow evolution of economic reforms, exploring how and why performance in this regard fell far behind the leaders in transition. Testing several conventional hypotheses, the author argues that while Russian imperialism may form part of the explanation, the self-serving interests of domestic elites and new oligarchs may be even more important. Radically revising the traditional argument that reforms were delayed to allow nation building, this book contends that it was due more to the interests of the non-lustrated elite, who needed time to become the new capitalists.



economy political economy political science politics Kravchuk Kuchma Yushxhenko Yanukovich Poroshenko Liberalization EU membership Capitalism EuroMaidan

Authors and affiliations

  • Oleh Havrylyshyn
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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