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Structural changes of the regime in Ukraine and the possible outcomes of the war

Book Launch
Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Book launch for Ukraine’ Patronal Democracy and the Russian Invasion and Russia’s Imperial Endeavor and Its Geopolitical Consequences 

How did the political structure evolve in Ukraine and Russia? How can we interpret Zelensky’s governance in the context of patronal politics? How did the “social contract” change in Ukraine? Join our discussion with Bálint Magyar and Bálint Madlovics, the two editors, and our three discussants, Alexander Etkind, Julia Kazdobina and Anton Shekhovtsov, about these new open access books published by CEU Press.

The volumes, edited by Balint Magyar and Balint Madlovics, showcase an unparalleled collection of studies by leading Ukrainian and international scholars. By analyzing Ukraine's patronal democracy and Russia's move toward dictatorships, the books shed light on the impact of the war on Central Europe and the EU and provide insight into the prospects of a post-war liberal democracy. 

The first volume examines the impact of the war on democratic institutions, systemic corruption, the oligarchs’ position and influence, and the civic identity and activism of Ukrainian society. 

The second volume discusses the resurgent imperialist aspirations of the Russian Federation and how the war is redrawing the geopolitical map as we know it. 


**Join us in the Auditorium of our Vienna campus or online.**


Both books are accessible through our Opening the Future program and can be downloaded from the CEU Press website (first volume and second volume) and other open-access platforms. 

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