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Challenging the East-West Divide: Insights from a Comparison of Ukraine and Italy

CEU Political Science Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 192-221, 2011

30 Pages Posted: 21 May 2011 Last revised: 4 Jul 2011

Nicole Gallina

Institute of East and Central Europe

Date Written: April 1, 2011

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 article concludes by identifying three pillars of political elite power.

Keywords: political elite, Italy, Ukraine, informal power

JEL Classification: D72

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Gallina, Nicole, Challenging the East-West Divide: Insights from a Comparison of Ukraine and Italy (April 1, 2011). CEU Political Science Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 192-221, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1846308 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1846308

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