The great dichotomy: how experiences of history and transcendence explain Ukraine’s political life

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The article uses Eric Voegelin’s ontology to address domestic processes in contemporary Ukraine. It explains how interpretations of experiences of history and transcendence evoke political order and justice. It also outlines the nature of political symbols deriving from these experiences. The article argues that Ukraine’s social architecture is constructed according to a set of arrangements that are generally regarded as moral and functional under given circumstances. As a result, it provides political elites a platform from which to build a plan of action and gain legitimacy. The article not only shows how Voegelin’s ontology can be used to explain Zelensky’s 2019 presidential election victory but also highlights its interpretative advantages over competing analytical approaches from within the frameworks of institutionalism and behaviorism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-139
Number of pages31
JournalNew Perspectives: Journal of Central & East European Politics & International Relations
Issue number1
Early online date30 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes

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