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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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Ukrainian Constitutional Politics: Neopatrimonialism, Rent-seeking, and Regime Change

Ukrainian Constitutional Politics: Neopatrimonialism, Rent-seeking, and Regime Change

(p.105) 6 Ukrainian Constitutional Politics: Neopatrimonialism, Rent-seeking, and Regime Change
Beyond the Euromaidan

Oleksandr Fisun

Stanford University Press

Ukraine has changed its constitution repeatedly since independence in 1991. Oleksandr Fisun focuses on the repeated renegotiation of constitutional arrangements as the political power of patronal presidents rises and falls. In this view, constitutions are effects more than causes. He then considers the various contextual shortcomings that undercut any constitutional arrangement in Ukraine. These include penetration of the government by powerful rent-seekers, the absence of a balanced tax base, and the weakness of the Weberian state. He points out that now the focus should not be on redistributing power between the president, prime minister, and parliament, but rather on subverting the ability of politicians and rent-seeking entrepreneurs to “play with the rules” and conduct frequent constitutional experiments.

Keywords:   Ukraine, constitutions, presidents, prime ministers, parliaments

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