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3 - Before Maidan

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 January 2023

Dominique Arel
Affiliation:
University of Ottawa
Jesse Driscoll
Affiliation:
University of California, San Diego
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Chapter 3 tests our theory against the historical record. It introduces readers to a few contentious episodes in recent Ukrainian history, focusing on three major crises between 1991 and 2014. Our analytic narrative emphasizes that Russian-speaking communities can embrace “the Russian narrative” at critical junctures theatrically, in order to maximize their bargaining leverage or demonstrate an ability to destabilize Ukrainian national politics, and then be bought off. In each of three case studies, we document Russian-speaking elites bargaining in strikingly similar ways: provoking crises at the center, knowing that Russias military casts a shadow over regional bargaining dynamics. The Party of Regions is described as a machine for aggregating preferences across multiple constituencies with a strong base in the Donbas – the primary driver of the controversial language law of 2012.

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Ukraine's Unnamed War
Before the Russian Invasion of 2022
, pp. 46 - 66
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Before Maidan
  • Dominique Arel, University of Ottawa, Jesse Driscoll, University of California, San Diego
  • Book: Ukraine's Unnamed War
  • Online publication: 15 January 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009052924.003
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  • Before Maidan
  • Dominique Arel, University of Ottawa, Jesse Driscoll, University of California, San Diego
  • Book: Ukraine's Unnamed War
  • Online publication: 15 January 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009052924.003
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  • Before Maidan
  • Dominique Arel, University of Ottawa, Jesse Driscoll, University of California, San Diego
  • Book: Ukraine's Unnamed War
  • Online publication: 15 January 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009052924.003
Available formats
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