Alexander Osipov’s article appeared in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics

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  • May 10, 2023

Alexander Osipov’s article “Crimea in Ukraine: Smoothing the Edges as Diversity Institutionalization” has been issued online in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (DOI: 10.1080/13537113.2023.2207367).

According to the author, from the early 1990s, Ukrainian Crimea seemed to face the Russian majority’s separatist inclinations and far-reaching political claims of the formerly deported Crimean Tatars. Nevertheless, the peninsula’s autonomous status secured ethnopolitical stability for about 19 years, and the article considers how the established regime of diversity governance contributed to the autonomy’s endurance. The author concludes that this regime did not fit into an explanatory framework of inter- group balance, such as power-sharing. Among the factors securing durability were the ambiguity of official narratives, loosely formalized participatory mechanisms encouraging opportunistic behavior and the maintenance of the elites’ and population segments’ expectations.