Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines identity discourses in Ukraine through the functions they perform in political clientelism. The cases analyzed here suggest two such functions. First, identity politics can serve as a pretext for a patron to offer resources to the electorate, allegedly without expecting anything in exchange. Second, identity politics can help patrons to split clients into clear-cut groups and thereby make the exchange of resources for votes more predictable. A better understanding of these two functions will help improve explanations of the cataclysmic political changes that can occur if they fail.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-4603
Print ISSN
1074-6846
Pages
pp. 113-133
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-10
Open Access
No
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