Will­ing­ness vs ca­pac­ity

The Ukrainian Week - - BRIEFING - An­driy Holub

Politi­cians have be­come tan­gled in their own in­trigues, re­forms are not tak­ing place, and the state lacks a devel­op­ment strat­egy. It would be hard to find a more ba­nal state­ment in jour­nal­ist’s re­ports than this. This the­sis has al­most al­ways re­flected the politi­cal sit­u­a­tion and typ­i­fied those in power. And now it’s be­come a cliché. On the other hand, it’s quite dif­fi­cult to ex­plain this in con­ver­sa­tions with for­eign­ers and politi­cal spin-doc­tors—or their clients— are also un­will­ing to un­der­stand this, while they speak wist­fully about “the third Maidan” just about ev­ery week. Ukraini­ans have be­come used to the fact that their govern­ment doesn’t do what is nec­es­sary and the rea­sons for this are also very well un­der­stood by them. Just lis­ten to any ex­pert in the so­cial nets: “They’re all the same and they can’t seem to steal enough.” What’s a lot more im­por­tant for or­di­nary Ukraini­ans is the an­swer to a very dif­fer­ent ques­tion: “Could they, if they re­ally wanted to?” In other words, they see the peo­ple in power as fall­ing into two

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