Mot økt folkelig innflytelse? Desentralisering og lokaldemokrati i Ukraina
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Original versionAasland Aa. Mot økt folkelig innflytelse? Desentralisering og lokaldemokrati i Ukraina. Nordisk Østforum. 2018;32:174-194 https://dx.doi.org/10.23865/noros.v32.1325
The article analyses the results of a nationally representative survey on local democracy conducted in Ukraine in the autumn of 2017, offering insights into attitudes towards local authorities and ongoing decentralization reforms, as well as participation in local politics. The survey shows that people have very low trust in the authorities, but more trust in them than in national institutions. Respondents feel that they have little influence on local politics and that local authorities do not take their opinion into account. On the other hand, the majority report being active in various forms of local political activity. Further, there is considerable support of decentralization reforms; people have already noted certain local improvements since the decentralization reform was launched in 2015. Differences among the several geographical regions of Ukraine are small. Survey findings are explained through three analytical frameworks that emphasize the historical heritage, important economic and political conditions, and structural adjustment to European institutions.