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Beyond the EuromaidanComparative Perspectives on Advancing Reform in Ukraine$
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Henry E. Hale and Robert W. Orttung

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804798457

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804798457.001.0001

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Constitutional Performance after Communism: Implications for Ukraine

Constitutional Performance after Communism: Implications for Ukraine

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(p.124) 7 Constitutional Performance after Communism: Implications for Ukraine
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Beyond the Euromaidan
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Henry E. Hale

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804798457.003.0007

Henry Hale looks at patronal presidentialism across the post-communist space, and concludes that where patronalism prevails, divided-executive constitutions are more conducive to democracy than those with strong presidencies. In this sense, Ukraine moved forward in 2004, backwards when those constitutional changes were subsequently overturned, and forward again when the 2004 constitution was restored in 2014. However, as Hale points out, constitutional provisions are not all-determining. Whether divided executives are effective at promoting other kinds of reform, such as market reforms, is unclear. Nevertheless, a divided executive is the best alternative in a bad situation.

Keywords:   Ukraine, constitutions, executive branch, divided executive

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