Public and private in the post-soviet area: the problem of demarcation

  • M. I. Zaidel PhD in political science
Keywords: public, private, the post­soviet area, power, state


The article focuses on the problem of determination of public and private in the post­soviet area. Formation of these spheres should be a logical conclusion of successful transformation and modernization process in ex­soviet republics and getting all spheres of civil life out of the state control. Historical specific is underlined; it is given the determination and main characteristics of public and private. It is given two main approaches’ ways of interpretation the phenomena and formation of public sphere according to H. Arendt and Ju. Hubermas. The specific of formation and demarcation of public and private spheres in the post­soviet area is analyzed. The boundaries between public and private spheres were deformed by the soviet state and communist society. As a result it was built hierarchical relations among the state, society and ruler; it is typical for power centralized societies. The determining factor of institutional heritage in the processes of state­making is underlined. The deformation of division of state, public and private spheres is caused by combining of traditional and modern institutes and practices; as a result social practices that are against of logic of modern society slow down the development of market­oriented economy and modernization of institutions.

Author Biography

M. I. Zaidel, PhD in political science
V.N.Karazin Kharkiv national university


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How to Cite
Zaidel, M. I. (2014). Public and private in the post-soviet area: the problem of demarcation. Grani, 17(2), 79-82. Retrieved from