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Civil society against corruption in Ukraine

Civil society against corruption in Ukraine: political rules, advocacy strategies and impact

Corruption has been a major contributing factor to power asymmetries, which are an important cause of poverty, inequality and political exclusion. In Ukraine, the conditions for effective anti-corruption efforts have much improved since the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution. Civic activism has continued since the Revolution and is aimed at maintaining the momentum of political reform and the fight against corruption. The fight against corruption has attracted great interest from Ukraine’s international partners, who view its success as vital to the country’s stability, democratization, and economic development. Civil activism is also crucial for fighting corruption in Ukraine.

The aim of the research is to explain the success and failure of anti-corruption activism in Ukraine. The study will look at the entire spectrum of anti-corruption activism, including both professional and informal types of activism, nationwide and local activism, and activism by both small and large organizations. In order to contribute to evidence-based knowledge about the impact of anti-corruption activism, the study will focus on three factors related to the political role of CSOs: the type(s) of political roles that CSOs play; the advocacy strategies that they employ; and their organizational structure.

The methodology of the research is primarily qualitative and combines desk research with extensive fieldwork. The literature review will collect, analyse, and synthesize existing findings from academic research on the involvement of CSOs in anti-corruption efforts around the globe. The empirical study will encompass eight case studies from geographically-diverse regions in Ukraine with a significant degree of anti-corruption activism.

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  • Anti-Corruption Research and Education Centre of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
  • Leiden University

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