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Perspectives on a Liberal‐Pluralist Approach to Ethnic Minorities in Ukraine

Volodymyr Fesenko

in Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported?

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199248155
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602955 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924815X.003.0015
 Perspectives on a Liberal‐Pluralist Approach to Ethnic Minorities in Ukraine

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The main problem of Ukrainian ethnic policy is balancing Ukrainian majority nation-building with respect for ethnic minority rights. This explains a paradoxical, but logical mixture of liberal and illiberal elements in the nation-building process. The more illiberal elements are rooted in a post-colonial ‘Russian syndrome’, which drives Ukrainians to distances themselves from Russia. At the same time, the policy of nation-building in Ukraine is moderate and open to compromise, reflecting the balance of forces between the political elite of the country and the country’s different regions and main ethnocultural groups.

Keywords: Ukraine; ethnic minorities; Russians; nation-building; nationalism

Chapter.  5531 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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