State building and European integration in Ukraine

Kataryna Wolczuk*

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The article analyzes the impact on statebuilding as an aspect of Ukraine’s integration with the EU. The Euromaidan had a profound, yet hardly recognized, effect on EU-Ukraine relations, particularly in terms of the EU’s subsequent support of domestic reforms in Ukraine. Following the Euromaidan, the EU supported Ukraine’s aspirations to enter “economic integration and political association” by concluding an Association Agreement–an agreement which exceeded the capacity of the Ukrainian state to implement it. To increase this capacity, the EU has supported reform of public administration and has provided far-reaching assistance on capacity building in the government. This article posits that since 2014 European integration has become tantamount with (re)building the state structures in Ukraine. Therefore, the significance of European integration for Ukraine goes beyond the implementation of the Association Agreement and extends to root-and-branch reform of Ukrainian state structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)736-754
Number of pages19
JournalEurasian Geography and Economics
Issue number6
Early online date19 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme [693382]. The author acknowledges the support this research paper received from the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the EU (project EU-STRAT ‘The European Union and Eastern Partnership Countries–An Inside-Out Analysis and Strategic Assessment’) under grant agreement number 693382.

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  • association agreement
  • capacity building; ENP; Eastern Partnership; PAR
  • Euromaidan
  • European integration
  • public administration reform
  • statebuilding
  • support group for Ukraine
  • Ukraine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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