Ukrainian Regionalism Accommodated: Defusing Separatism Via Decentralization

Wednesday, October 25, 2006
12:00 pm
Room 1201 International Affairs Building

The Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University will host a lunchtime talk, titled:

"UKRAINIAN REGIONALISM ACCOMMODATED: DEFUSING SEPARATISM VIA DECENTRALIZATION"

This talk, given by Gennadi Poberezny (Rutgers University)*, intends to outline the principles and validity of employing decentralization rather than federalization in accommodating regionalism for the purposes of arresting, containing and defusing separatism in Ukraine.

Regionalism has always been an extremely important factor in the national development of Ukraine; it was greatly exacerbated during the “Orange Revolution” of 2004 and was exploited again in the run up of the March 2006 parliamentary election. Territorial divisions play crucial roles in social and economic development of both the state and the regions. Borders of provinces, counties or communes create formal framework in which different actors of socioeconomic and political life perform their functions. Political decentralization in a unitary state may be employed to accommodate persistent regionalism and, therefore, successfully defuse separatism.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Diana Howansky at ukrainianstudies@columbia.edu or (212)854-4697. 

*Gennadi Poberezny holds two master's degrees in geography and sustainable systems, and currently is a doctoral student at the Global Affairs program at Rutgers University - Newark. He is conducting research for his dissertation on comparative political geography of regionalism with the focus on separatist accommodation in Ukraine, Spain and South Africa.