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Certainty in Ukraine's uncertainty : the impact of the 2007 parliamentary elections

Gewissheit in der Ungewissheit der Ukraine : der Einfluss der Parlamentswahlen 2007
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Kempe, Iris

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Corporate Editor Universität München, Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Centrum für angewandte Politikforschung (C.A.P) Bertelsmann Forschungsgruppe Politik
Abstract "Ukraine's parliamentary elections on 30 September 2007 were supposed to deliver clarity. Either the Party of Regions would complete the comeback it began in the March 2006 elections—signaling closer cooperation with Russia and giving Ukraine's internal political development a particular direction, or the Orange parties led by Yulia Tymoshenko and Viktor Yushenko would gain a stable majority—making integration into Euro-Atlantic structures a national priority. Neither happened. The closely balanced parliament yielded a government of the Orange parties with a razor-thin majority, far from what would be necessary to renovate the constitution, and slender enough to raise doubts about the government's ability to rule for a full term. Ukraine, it seems, is certain to face more uncertainty. Ukraine is the only country with the potential to re-order both the European Union and the "post-Soviet Space." A country transformed into a democracy and market economy would mean the EU could welcome a new member the size of France. The shape of new strategic preconditions would also increase pressure on Russia to reform its attitude towards its "near abroad" and to move in the direction of democratic integration. As far as the West is concerned, Ukraine remains the most important stone in the mosaic of a new Eastern Policy that still requires further development before it can be implemented." [author's abstract]
Keywords Ukraine; post-socialist country; election; parliamentary election; national identity; corruption; EU; democratization; domestic policy; transformation; USSR successor state
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method documentation
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
City München
Page/Pages 13 p.
Series CAP Policy Analysis, 7
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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