The Maidan and Beyond: Who Were the Protesters?

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Employing the Ukrainian Protest Project survey findings, this article answers the following questions: Who joined in the EuroMaidan protests? When? Why? Is the EuroMaidan a continuation of, or a diversion from, the ‘Orange Revolution’? What are the main implications of EuroMaidan protest participation for democratization? The article focuses on the phenomenon of the growing middle class as a political constituency in Ukraine; it explains how the participation of the middle class median protester is significant for Ukrainian democratization; it provides unique insight into the EuroMaidan protest participants; and it draws valuable implications for democratization in Ukraine.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberjod.2014.0045
Pages (from-to)44-51
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Democracy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


  • Ukraine, Politics and government, Protest movements Ukraine, Maĭdan Nezalez︠h︡nosti (Kiev, Ukraine), Democratization Ukraine.


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