Title

The Formality of Informal Civil Society: Ukraine’s EuroMaidan

Publication Date

2017

Journal

Voluntas

Volume

28

Issue

1

First Page

420

Last Page

449

Department

Managing for Sustainability

Abstract

Over three months, starting in late 2013, Ukraine experienced a remarkable transformation. What started as peaceful protests largely consisting of young idealists, morphed quickly into an organized yet decentralized social movement, a group of semi-formal organizations, and a loosely defined network of related formal and informal organizations—a process that ultimately prompted significant political and social change in Ukraine. This paper explores three case studies related to EuroMaidan to provide insight into the dimensions of civil society, stressing both formal and informal manifestations, and contrasting those with official designations. The discussion contributes to the long-debated question of the strength or weakness of civil society in the post-socialist East European context with important implications for measurement.

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