The Maidan and Beyond: Who Were the Protesters?

Issue Date July 2014
Volume 25
Issue 3
Page Numbers 44-51
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Employing the Ukrainian Protest Project survey findings, this article answers the following questions: Who joined in the EuroMaidan protests? When? Why? Is the EuroMaidan a continuation of, or a diversion from, the ‘Orange Revolution’? What are the main implications of EuroMaidan protest participation for democratization? The article focuses on the phenomenon of the growing middle class as a political constituency in Ukraine; it explains how the participation of the middle class median protester is significant for Ukrainian democratization; it provides unique insight into the EuroMaidan protest participants; and it draws valuable implications for democratization in Ukraine.

About the Author

Olga Onuch is professor of comparative and Ukrainian politics (chair) at the University of Manchester and principal investigator of the MOBILISE Project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom government. She is the author (with Henry E. Hale) of The Zelensky Effect (2022).

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