Head of Department of Political Science,
Dr.Sc. habil (Political Science), Professor

2009 - Dr.Sc. habil (Doktor nauk in Political Science), Ivan Kuras Institute for Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, Ukraine;
1990 - Ph.D. (Kandydat nauk in Philosophical Sciences), Department of Political Science, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University;
1987 - Diplom with Highest Honors in Economics, Department of Political Economy, School of Economics, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.

2010 - present - Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science;
2006-2010 - Professor, Department of Political Science;
1995-2006 - Associate Professor, Department of Political Science;
since 1991 - Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Theory of Culture and Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, Department of Theoretical and Practical Philosophy.

Comparative Politics;
Democratic Theory;
Contemporary Political Theory;
Political Anthropology;
Global Studies.

Comparative democratization and regime change in post-Soviet Eurasia;
Post-communist constitutional design, presidentialism, party systems, and electoral reforms;
Informal politics, corruption, neopatrimonialism, and patron-client networks;
Ukrainian politics.


Demokratija, neopatrimonialism i globalnye transformatsii (Democracy, Neopatrimonialism, and Global Transformations). Kharkiv: Konstanta, 2006.

Sravnitelnaya politika (Comparative Politics). Ed. by Mykola Sazonov and Vil Bakirov. Kharkiv: Kharkiv National University Press, 2005 [principal contributor].
Politologiya (Political Science). Ed. by Mykola Sazonov. Kharkiv: Folio, 1998 [principal contributor].

Articles and chapters:

De-etatization of state sovereignty and the formation of Global Maidan // Ideology and Politics Journal. 2021. 1(17). P. 72-86 [co-authored with Nataliya Vinnykova].

Kharkivs Patronal Politics: Pro-Maidan vs Anti-Maidan Rivalry and Competing Power Pyramids // Ukraine and Its Regions: Societal Trends and Policy Implications / Ryhor Nizhnikau and Arkady Moshes (eds.). Helsinki: Finnish Institute of International Affairs, 2020: 57-69 [co-authored with Anton Avksentiev].

Neopatrimonialism in Post-Soviet Eurasia // Stubborn Structures: Reconceptualizing Post-Communist Regimes / Edited by Balint Magyar. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2019: 75-96.

Ukraines Semi-Managed Democracy on the March // PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo. Washington DC: Elliott School of International Affairs, No. 482 (August 2017).

Ukrainian Constitutional Politics: Neopatrimonialism, Rent-seeking, and Regime Change, in Beyond the Euromaidan: Comparative Perspectives on Advancing Reform in Ukraine. Henry E. Hale & Robert W. Orttung (Eds.). Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016: 105-123.

The Future of Ukraines Neopatrimonial Democracy // PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo, No. 394 (October 2015): 1-7.

Electoral Laws and Patronage Politics in Ukraine // PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo, No. 229 (September 2012).

Rethinking Post-Soviet Politics from a Neopatrimonial Perspective // Demokratizatsiya. The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Spring 2012): 87-96.

The Dual Spiral of Ukrainian Politics after 2010 // PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo, No.165 (September 2011).

Ukrainian Teeter-Totter. Vices and Virtues of a Neopatrimonial Democracy // PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo, No.120 (October 2010).

Neopatrymonializm proty democratii v Ukraine (Neopatrimonialism versus Democracy in Ukraine) // Viche, No. 17 (2008): 4-7.

La transizione Ucraina: dove porta la via del neo-patrimonialismo? (The Ukrainian Transition: Where Will the Path of Neo-patrimonialism Lead?) // FUTURIBILI, No. 3 (2007): 139-154 (with V.Bakirov).


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Dr.-Prof. Oleksandr Fisun
Department of Political Science,
School of Philosophy
V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University,
Maidan Svobody, 4,
Kharkiv, 61022, Ukraine
Tel: +38 057 707 51 63
E-mail: fisun@karazin.ua