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A Tale of Two Ukraines: A Postfunctional Analysis of Discourses of Integration in the Buildup to Euromaidan

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Hamilton Price Phillips

American University, US
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Integrational crises do not necessarily arise from fissures resulting from policy failures, but often reveal previously unseen schisms. In the buildup to the Euromaidan crisis, historical left and right political splits in Ukraine were undercut by an entirely different, yet salient, concern: integration with Europe. In analyzing this reconstructive process of politicization, I draw from Hooghe and Marks’ postfunctionalist theory of integration (2009, 3). In doing so with Ukraine I distance myself from the two, however, by providing a discursive analysis of the process by which pro-European movements arose in similar circumstances to the authors’ outlined conditions for politicization yet resulted in an opposing outcome to their notably pessimistic outlook towards integration. Through this lens I attempt to understand the context of politicization in the Ukrainian integration crisis. In examining both European and Russian discourses within Ukraine, I uncover the role that systems of exported intellectual power served to both create and reimagine what Ukrainian integration could (or could not) look like. In doing so, I introduce a new direction that postfunctionalist discourse on European integration can take, removing the chains of essentialist disintegration to help guide further research on supranational integration.
How to Cite: Phillips, H.P., 2021. A Tale of Two Ukraines: A Postfunctional Analysis of Discourses of Integration in the Buildup to Euromaidan. LSE Undergraduate Political Review, 4(1), pp.43–53.
Published on 01 Mar 2021.
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