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.
Table of Contents
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
Sarah Whitmore is Lecturer in Politics at Oxford Brookes University. Formerly, she worked as an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre from Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham and as a teacher in Kyiv. Her main research interests concern legislatures and parties in post-Soviet states.