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Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 1: Institutional Engineering$
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Jan Zielonka

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244089

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199244081.001.0001

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Ukraine: Tormented Constitution‐Making

Ukraine: Tormented Constitution‐Making

(p.243) 9 Ukraine: Tormented Constitution‐Making
Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 1: Institutional Engineering

Kataryna Wolczuk

Oxford University Press

Describes Ukraine's protracted and discontinued constitution‐making process. Wolczuk explains that the Ukrainian leaders’ initial decision to preserve the Constitution was due to the broad range of contentious issues, going far beyond institutional choices and involving issues of nationhood and territorial integrity. The sheer range of contested issues and the degree of disagreement account for the ad hoc manner in which the final institutional choices were constitutionalized. The chapter analyses the impact of the new constitution on the function of the political system. The result was that institutional rivalry between the parliament and the president continued. Thus, while the passage of the 1996 constitution was a pivotal state‐building document, it failed to bring about political stability.

Keywords:   constitution, democratic consolidation, institutional engineering, institutional rivalry, nationhood, parliament, presidency, state‐building, Ukraine

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