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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