CHALLENGING THE EAST-WEST DIVIDE: INSIGHTS FROM A COMPARISON OF UKRAINE AND ITALY

Author
Nicole Gallina
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Central European University Political Science Journal
Volume
6
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
May 2011
Institution
Central European University
Abstract
This article examines how political behaviour has impeded the functioning of political institutions in Ukraine and Italy. It applies an actor-centered institutionalism and argues that even nondemocratic political elites can co-exist within a democratic framework. It analyzes actors' conduct in regard to the democratic institutions of the constitution, judiciary and media. The paper concludes by identifying three pillars of political elite power.
Political Geography
Europe, Ukraine, Italy