Document Type

Capstone Project

Publication Date

Spring 4-2019


reform, public administration, post-Soviet, post-communist, Ukraine, decentralization, democratization, bureaucracy, open systems theory, culturalist, Euromaidan, Revolution of Dignity, Stevenson Center


This paper provides a micro-analysis of democratization and reform in an Ukrainian local government institution that was the site placement for the author's Peace Corps service. Through using a culturalist lens and applying open systems theory while working as a Peace Corps Volunteer, the researcher observed how one organization coped with implementing public administration reform that is the result of the Revolution of Dignity in 2013-2014. This paper contributes to existing research regarding reform efficacy in other post-Soviet spaces, and provides a foundation for furthering similar research in Ukraine.


This research is one example of how an Ukrainian organization implemented public administration reforms after 2014. It should not be considered indicative for the country as a whole, and more research is needed regarding reform efficacy in Ukraine.