Research and Studies

Opportunities and Risks in Zelenskyy’s New Ukraine

The party of new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky secured a historic win in the recent parliamentary election. Why a high concentration of power in the hands of the “Servant of the People” party does imply enormous opportunities and risks? What is the major challenge for Zelenskyy? Will Ukraine’s almost three decades old habitual elite continuity be finally broken, with this new exchange in the composition of its political class? Andreas Umland provided answers to these questions. Andreas Umland is a Nonresident Fellow of the Institute of International Relations at Prague, Principal Researcher at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv, Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Jena, as well as General Editor of the ibidem Press book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” and “Ukrainian Voices”.

«Inequality is not just about a skewed distribution of income. This is down do a serious imbalance of a political system»

Conference “Basic income as a prologue to XXI-century social policy” was held in November last year by the Higher School of Economics with support from the The European Dialogue Expert Group and Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Russia. We have already published the key points and conclusions and now we are delighted to offer you transcripts of keynote speakers’ presentations as part of Unconditional Basic Income, a special project undertaken by the Group. Grigory Udin, senior researcher, Laboratory of socio-economic studies, Higher School of Economics, participated in the discussion having highlighted political risks associated with implementation of basic income

«Ukraine today. Key trends» issue #6

We are delighted to offer you the 6th issue of our "Ukraine today. Key trends" bulletin. This bulletin draws a line under Ukraine's performance in 2018. In this issue: how well do Ukrainian authorities, parties and elite groups fare in the election tests, what happens to the Ukrainian economy, how well many social reforms are progressing, including the decentralization reform, one of the most popular of all. We are closely watching Ukraine so in the end of the bulletin you will find some facts and figures, the results of the health-check that we performed on Ukraine

“The basic income does not replace existing social care means, it adds to them”

Conference “Basic income as a prologue to XXI-century social policy” was held in November last year by the Higher School of Economics with support from the The European Dialogue Expert Group and Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Russia. We have already published its key points and conclusions and now we are delighted to offer you transcripts of keynote speakers’ presentations as part of Unconditional Basic Income, a special project undertaken by the Group. Ruslan Yemtsov, lead economist and team leader for social protection at the World Bank spoke on the preliminary results of the World Bank’s study of what potential the concept of basic income has in developed, developing, and poor countries

“If a country doesn’t have a strong legislative branch or separation of powers, it should not implement basic income”

Conference “Basic income as a prologue to XXI-century social policy” was held in November last year by the Higher School of Economics with support from the The European Dialogue Expert Group and Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Russia. We have already published the key points and conclusions and now we are delighted to offer you transcripts of keynote speakers’ presentations as part of Unconditional Basic Income, a special project undertaken by the Group. Eugene Gontmakher, Higher School of Economics, Professor, was the first speaker at the conference. He focused on myths and legends about basic income, the benefits it can provide, and prerequisites for its implementation.

Liberalism and religion in XXI century

Can liberalism offer individuals, society, church and religion a reliable way to coexist and cooperate? Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the European Dialogue Expert Group organised a round table discussion in order to find an answer to this question bringing together scientists, journalists, European politicians, theologians, and ministers of various religions. We launch a series of publications on the results of the this round table with the first one focusing on the problem setting.

The dark side of decentralisation

Every reform has light and dark sides of its own and Ukrainian decentralisation reform is hardly an exception. We have already told you about its light side and now it is time to take a look at the dark one

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