Political and economic change in the post-Soviet space

Why do some countries allow for open political and economic competition, while others restrict access to economic and political resources to a few powerful people? Under which conditions do societies transit from the latter system to the former? And why do they often get stuck in the process? Focusing especially on the countries included in the Eastern Partnership of the European Union, such as Ukraine, Belarus or Moldova, Esther Ademmer jointly with colleagues from the Chair of European Integration at Freie Universität (FU) Berlin addresses these questions in a comparative fashion. The research is done in the framework of the Horizon 2020 project EU-STRAT that is coordinated by FU Berlin and that Esther Ademmer is associated with. Visit http://eu-strat.eu/ or contact Esther Ademmer for further information.