Participatory Democracy as an Aspiration and a Challenge for Ukraine

Friday, October 18, 2013
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)
Please join the Harriman Institute Ukrainian Studies Program for a meeting and informal discussion with Dmytro Khutkyy, a versatile Ukrainian academic,expert in the issues of globalization, world inequality, macrosociology,research methodology, social groups, personality, social activism. Dmytro is an assistant professor at  the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" and visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Our values adhere to the model of direct participatory democracy guarantying empowered governance of the people. However, at present the transformative (not revolutionary) influence of Ukrainian grassroots civil initiatives on the state and society remains insignificant. With the aim to understand the current challenges and to identify the perspectives of a truly changing influence, a qualitative (using the method of expert interviews) inquiry of grassroots civil activism in Ukraine has been initiated. The preliminary results provide answers to the following questions: what leading agents and allies act efficiently? what are their accomplishments? which mechanisms of influence are the most efficient? what is an integral model of influence? what strategies are potentially the most promising?
Dr. Dmytro Khutkyy, assistant professor of National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy," currently is a visiting scholar, Carnegie research fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a versatile Ukrainian academic, expert in the issues of globalization, world inequality, macrosociology, research methodology, social groups, personality, social activism, and futures research. His primary writings concern the modern world system and stratification of societies. In addition to academic research and teaching, he is an actual practitioner conducting applied sociological research as representative of development of international research at Kiev International Institute of Sociology. Currently his research is focused on contemporary global trends and participatory democracy.