The Ukrainian Party System Before and After the 2013–2014 Euromaidan

Europe-Asia Studies, Forthcoming

22 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2016

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Andreas Umland

Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies; National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA)

Olena Rybiy

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA)

Kostyantyn Fedorenko

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 3, 2016

Abstract

The formation of a party system is widely regarded as a key to successful and sustainable patterns of democratisation. In this essay we examine the evolution of the party system in Ukraine, focusing on the extent to which the Euromaidan has addressed previous problems and weaknesses. So far the post-Soviet Ukrainian party system has been exceptionally unstable as electoral legislation, the factional composition of Ukraine’s parliament, and the dominant parties in Ukraine underwent frequent changes. We argue that, despite advances in democratisation as a result of the revolutionary events of 2013–2014, the essential features of Ukraine’s party system have not changed. The legislative, ideological and organisational foundations of the Ukrainian party-political landscape and parliamentary politics have remained fragile.

Keywords: Ukraine, political parties, party system, Euromaidan

Suggested Citation

Umland, Andreas and Rybiy, Olena and Fedorenko, Kostyantyn, The Ukrainian Party System Before and After the 2013–2014 Euromaidan (June 3, 2016). Europe-Asia Studies, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2790244 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2790244

Andreas Umland (Contact Author)

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Olena Rybiy

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) ( email )

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04070 Kyiv, 04070
Ukraine

Kostyantyn Fedorenko

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