• M. Stepyko
Keywords: consolidation, types and contexts of consolidation: identification, state building, person-centered; conflict potential and tolerance of society, social optimism, content and goals of consolidation


The purpose of the article is to analyze the phenomenon and the possibilities of consolidation of the Ukrainian nation for the sake of rallying around solving urgent problems and effectively responding to the challenges of history. It is obvious that consolidation is the central factor of the effectiveness of any social action, requiring collective intelligence and collective aspiration, not to mention a strategic goal, the achievement of which is impossible without activating this phenomenon. Consolidation of society can be strong and weak, organized and spontaneous, long-term and temporary, nationwide and regional, and constructive or destructive (radical). Constructive consolidation can be understood primarily as the unity of society based on common values and a common goal. In modern conditions, the main aim of consolidating Ukrainian society is to unite the efforts of all the citizens to rebuff Russian aggression, protect the sovereignty and independence of the state, to integrate Ukraine into European and Euro-Atlantic structures, and achieve a decent human well-being for all Ukrainian citizens. Modern Ukrainian society has a significant consolidation potential despite the ambivalence of aspirations of political elites, the differentiation of society not only by economic status, but also by ideological, geopolitical and value orientations, priority for many citizens of regional identity over national identity, a low level of people’s trust in government, economic and legal institutions, linguistic and cultural contradictions, and the like. The potential of consolidation of the Ukrainian society has three main contexts: identification, state, person-centered. The identification context of consolidation reveals primarily as a positive attitude towards its nation-state, rejection of the idea of federalization of the country and the practices of regional separatism, which was particularly active in Ukraine in late 2013 and early 2014. In the years that have passed since the Revolution of Dignity and the start of the undeclared war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the consolidation processes in Ukrainian society led to a radical strengthening of Ukrainian national identity. In recent years, the level of patriotism in the country has significantly increased, and the support of the European course of the state has increased too. Pro-Western and pro-Ukrainian vectors are now uniquely dominant in Ukrainian society. At the same time, the potential for the formation of Ukrainian identity has not yet been exhausted.



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How to Cite
Stepyko, M. (2019). THE CONSOLIDATION POTENTIAL OF THE UKRAINIAN NATION. Strategic Panorama, (2), 37-46. Retrieved from
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