Comparing the Ukrainian and Venezuelan Protest Cycles

Timothy Gill

The recent issue of Trajectories, the American Sociological Association’s Comparative and Historical Sociology section’s newsletter, features a brief comparative analysis I wrote on the origins and trajectories of the Ukrainian and Venezuelan protests.

I argue that while “the Ukrainian crisis responds to geopolitical struggle and conflicting nationalist sentiments, the Venezuelan conflict is more clearly about class issues.” I also suggest the Yanukovych government fell apart after receiving widespread international and domestic criticism and experiencing defections from several high-ranking members. By contrast, the Maduro government has received support from regional partners and institutions, has not experienced any serious defections, and remains in power.

You can read the piece in its entirety here.