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Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported?Western Political Theory and Ethnic Relations in Eastern Europe$
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Will Kymlicka and Magda Opalski

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248155

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019924815X.001.0001

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Perspectives on a Liberal‐Pluralist Approach to Ethnic Minorities in Ukraine

Perspectives on a Liberal‐Pluralist Approach to Ethnic Minorities in Ukraine

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(p.283) 2.13 Perspectives on a Liberal‐Pluralist Approach to Ethnic Minorities in Ukraine
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Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported?
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Volodymyr Fesenko

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019924815X.003.0015

The main problem of Ukrainian ethnic policy is balancing Ukrainian majority nation-building with respect for ethnic minority rights. This explains a paradoxical, but logical mixture of liberal and illiberal elements in the nation-building process. The more illiberal elements are rooted in a post-colonial ‘Russian syndrome’, which drives Ukrainians to distances themselves from Russia. At the same time, the policy of nation-building in Ukraine is moderate and open to compromise, reflecting the balance of forces between the political elite of the country and the country’s different regions and main ethnocultural groups.

Keywords:   Ukraine, ethnic minorities, Russians, nation-building, nationalism

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