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State and institution building in Ukraine /
edited by Taras Kuzio, Robert S. Kravchuk, and Paul D'Anieri.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, c1999.
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364 p.
ISBN
0312214588 (cloth)
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imprint
New York : St. Martin's Press, c1999.
isbn
0312214588 (cloth)
catalogue key
3426564
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-04:
This collection of essays covers a broad variety of issues in contemporary Ukraine. The unifying theme is the emergence of state institutions: a topic time has shown to be absolutely central to the success and prosperity of all the post-Soviet states. Each chapter is concise and focused. Some report new research of a hitherto-neglected problem; others discuss controversies and debates in the rising field of Ukrainian studies. The 12 chapters cover the separation of powers, parliamentary politics, economic interest groups, the formation of a new civil service, and regional finances. There are also lively discussions of ethnic and regional politics, and the interface between Ukraine's foreign and domestic policy arenas. The book, which assumes prior knowledge of the basic features of Ukrainian politics, will be invaluable as a source for senior undergraduates and graduate students who seek a more advanced analysis of the challenges facing independent Ukraine. P. Rutland; Wesleyan University
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"... invaluable as a source for senior undergraduates and graduate students who seek a more advanced analysis of the challenges facing independent Ukraine." --Choice ...an important addition to the field of Ukrainian studies. -Journal of Ukrainian Studies
"... invaluable as a source for senior undergraduates and graduate students who seek a more advanced analysis of the challenges facing independent Ukraine." -- Choice ...an important addition to the field of Ukrainian studies. -Journal of Ukrainian Studies
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State and Institution Building in Ukraine represents the first in-depth and comprehensive study of state building in Ukraine. As opposed to previous books, which have focused on the political and economic transformation of the Soviet successor states, this volume argues that a market economy and democracy cannot exist in the absence of an effective state and governing institutions. Ukraine was only a quasi-state within the former USSR when it declared independence in August 1991, and thus it inherited only the rudiments of what isnormally considered a "modern state." The development of a viable and capable state with effective institutions was prioritized by the executive and legislative branches who understood that a democracy, civil society, rule of law, and market economy could not be created in the absence of a genuine, functioning state. This study is the first to survey institution and state building in Ukraine by placing it within a comparative and theoretical perspective, challenging many of the current misconceptions about Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries.
Main Description
State and Institution Building in Ukraine represents the first in-depth and comprehensive study of state building in Ukraine. As opposed to previous books, which have focused on the political and economic transformation of the Soviet successor states, this volume argues that a market economy and democracy cannot exist in the absence of an effective state and governing institutions. Ukraine was only a quasi-state within the former USSR when it declared independence in August 1991, and thus it inherited only the rudiments of what is normally considered a "modern state." The development of a viable and capable state with effective institutions was prioritized by the executive and legislative branches who understood that a democracy, civil society, rule of law, and market economy could not be created in the absence of a genuine, functioning state. This study is the first to survey institution and state building in Ukraine by placing it within a comparative and theoretical perspective, challenging many of the current misconceptions about Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries.
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State and Institution Building in Ukrainerepresents the first in-depth and comprehensive study of state building in Ukraine. As opposed to previous books, which have focused on the political and economic transformation of the Soviet successor states, this volume argues that a market economy and democracy cannot exist in the absence of an effective state and governing institutions. Ukraine was only a quasi-state within the former USSR when it declared independence in August 1991, and thus it inherited only the rudiments of what is normally considered a "modern state." The development of a viable and capable state with effective institutions was prioritized by the executive and legislative branches who understood that a democracy, civil society, rule of law, and market economy could not be created in the absence of a genuine, functioning state. This study is the first to survey institution and state building in Ukraine by placing it within a comparative and theoretical perspective, challenging many of the current misconceptions about Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries.
Table of Contents
Stateness and Institutions in Ukraine: A Theoretical and Comparative Introductionp. 1
The Separation of Powers Puzzle in Ukraine: Sorting Out Responsibilities and Relationships between President, Parliament, and the Prime Ministerp. 25
Ukrainian Interest Groups, Corporatism, and Economic Reformp. 57
The Impact of Domestic Divisions on Ukrainian Foreign Policy: Ukraine as a "Weak State"p. 83
Like Oil and Water: Ukraine's External Westernization and Internal Stagnationp. 107
The Law on the Civil Service: A Case Study of Administrative Reform in Ukrainep. 135
The Quest for Balance: Regional Self-Government and Subnational Fiscal Policy in Ukrainep. 155
Defining the Political Community in Ukraine: State, Nation, and the Transition to Modernityp. 213
Corruption in Ukraine: Between Perceptions and Realitiesp. 245
Institutional Power and Ideology in the Ukrainian Constitutional Processp. 269
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