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Time to Come Together: CSOs’ Attitudes towards Public Inclusion - Ukraine as a Case Study

Fuglsang-Nordentoft, Jonas LU (2017) SIMV29 20171
Department of Political Science
Graduate School
Abstract
This study examines three large and influential civil society organizations (CSOs)
in Ukraine, and their attitudes towards citizens as an active stakeholder in the ongoing
reform process in Ukraine. The study further investigates the potential
benefits for the CSOs to employ principles of ‘public participation’ (Creighton
2005) in their reform efforts. This investigation is informed by an extensive
literature review regarding civil society as an analytical concept and in relation to
democracy and state-building. Furthermore, the study builds on a specified
discussion of the post-Soviet context of Ukraine and its civil society. Through
first-hand interviews with representatives of the three CSOs, the study exposes the
CSOs’ lack of... (More)
This study examines three large and influential civil society organizations (CSOs)
in Ukraine, and their attitudes towards citizens as an active stakeholder in the ongoing
reform process in Ukraine. The study further investigates the potential
benefits for the CSOs to employ principles of ‘public participation’ (Creighton
2005) in their reform efforts. This investigation is informed by an extensive
literature review regarding civil society as an analytical concept and in relation to
democracy and state-building. Furthermore, the study builds on a specified
discussion of the post-Soviet context of Ukraine and its civil society. Through
first-hand interviews with representatives of the three CSOs, the study exposes the
CSOs’ lack of confidence in the Ukrainian citizens’ ability and interest to take
part in decision-making processes, affecting the citizens themselves and the
overall development of Ukraine. The theory of public participation emphasizes the
importance of involving citizens in decision-making for increased legitimacy and
trust, as well as eased policy-implementation. The study finds that the three CSOs
have potential to contribute to enhancing mutual trust, societal coherence and
political awareness in Ukraine, by acknowledging citizens as an equally important
stakeholder in their reform efforts. By increasing the direct involvement of
citizens in internal strategy and decision meetings, the CSOs can further
demonstrate coherence between their values, of transparency and accountability,
and their actions. (Less)
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author
Fuglsang-Nordentoft, Jonas LU
supervisor
organization
course
SIMV29 20171
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Post-Soviet Civil Society, Ukraine, Public Participation, Trust, Democracy, Development
language
English
id
8924763
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2017-11-16 11:57:57
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  abstract     = {This study examines three large and influential civil society organizations (CSOs)
in Ukraine, and their attitudes towards citizens as an active stakeholder in the ongoing
reform process in Ukraine. The study further investigates the potential
benefits for the CSOs to employ principles of ‘public participation’ (Creighton
2005) in their reform efforts. This investigation is informed by an extensive
literature review regarding civil society as an analytical concept and in relation to
democracy and state-building. Furthermore, the study builds on a specified
discussion of the post-Soviet context of Ukraine and its civil society. Through
first-hand interviews with representatives of the three CSOs, the study exposes the
CSOs’ lack of confidence in the Ukrainian citizens’ ability and interest to take
part in decision-making processes, affecting the citizens themselves and the
overall development of Ukraine. The theory of public participation emphasizes the
importance of involving citizens in decision-making for increased legitimacy and
trust, as well as eased policy-implementation. The study finds that the three CSOs
have potential to contribute to enhancing mutual trust, societal coherence and
political awareness in Ukraine, by acknowledging citizens as an equally important
stakeholder in their reform efforts. By increasing the direct involvement of
citizens in internal strategy and decision meetings, the CSOs can further
demonstrate coherence between their values, of transparency and accountability,
and their actions.},
  author       = {Fuglsang-Nordentoft, Jonas},
  keyword      = {Post-Soviet Civil Society,Ukraine,Public Participation,Trust,Democracy,Development},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Time to Come Together: CSOs’ Attitudes towards Public Inclusion - Ukraine as a Case Study},
  year         = {2017},
}