Legitimacy: Yugoslav Lessons for Ukraine


Vladimir Gligorov

wiiw Essays and Occasional Papers No. 2, April 2016
20 pages

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Examples from the breakup of Yugoslavia and state-building in the successor states are used to highlight the political and constitutional choices facing Ukraine. The main lesson is that legitimacy is needed for constitution-building, which is needed for long-term state stability. Ethnic and other diversities are not crucially important except if they are used as a means for external interference.


Keywords: legitimacy, democracy, constitutionalism, international intervention, state-building

JEL classification: H10, H77, K100, F510

Countries covered: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Yugoslavia

Research Areas: Regional Development