This book examines the development of the Ukrainian parliament - the Verkhovna Rada - from before Ukraine's independence in 1991 to the present. It shows how the parliament transformed itself from a provincial republican Soviet to the national legislature of a sovereign state and from a nominal, symbolic body to a genuine legislative and representative institution. It discusses the key role of parliament in the wider state-building process and examines the evolution of political factions and the committee system in the parliament.
1. Ukraine's Parliament in Theoretical Perspective 2. Between Parties and the President: The Verkhovna Rada, 1990-2003 3. Factions Emergent 4. Factions Ascendant 5. Factions Dominant? 6. Committee Institutionalization, 1990-2003 7. The 'Last Bastion' of Ukrainian Democracy? 8. Conclusion
This series is published on behalf of BASEES (the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies). The series comprises original, high-quality, research-level work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian, Soviet, post-Soviet and East European Studies in humanities and social science subjects.