Events & Seminars 2021

The CEES Seminar Series is supported by the MacFie Bequest, named after Professor Alec MacFie, Adam Smith Professor of Political Economy at the University from 1945 to 1958. 

Enquiries: Dr Huseyn Aliyev 


Wednesday 20 October, 16:00 - 17:00, Room 916, Adam Smith Building
Dr Nataliya Kibita, University of Edinburgh
'Soviet Legacy in Ukraine: Strong regionalism and weak presidency'

How did Ukraine transform from what is commonly perceived as a monolithic Soviet republic under conservative authoritarian rule of the First Party secretary of the equally monolithic Communist Party of Ukraine into a post-Soviet state with pluralistic politics, strong regionalism and weak presidency? This lecture shows that weak leadership and strong regionalism were the legacy of Soviet era institutions. Strong regionalism and weak executive were institutionalised in Soviet Ukraine. The political liberalisation of the 1980s merely revealed long-standing political trends. After the fall of the Soviet Union, both the President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk and the Verkhovna Rada operated under conditions of strong institutional inertia.