This report assesses the ways in which the semi-presidential form of government can be best structured to promote stable, democratic and inclusive governance in Ukraine.

Constitutional stability in Ukraine has faced four main challenges: (a) recurring institutional conflict among the president, legislature and government; (b) a presidency that has fallen prey to autocratic tendencies; (c) a fragmented and weak party system that has undermined the capacity of the legislature to act coherently; and (d) a weak constitutional culture and a weak Constitutional Court.

The report presents comparative knowledge from other semi-presidential systems, and reflections on the Ukrainian context, which could benefit a wide range of stakeholders, such as legislators, policy advisors, think tanks and civil society. It is based on an earlier report, Semi-Presidentialism as Power Sharing: Constitutional Reform after the Arab Spring, co-published by International IDEA and the Center for Constitutional Transitions in 2014.

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Publication date
13 April 2018
Author(s)
Sujit Choudhry, Thomas Sedelius, Julia Kyrychenko
Number of pages
76
Co-Publisher(s)
Centre of Policy and Legal Reform
ISBN
978-91-7671-154-5 (PDF)
978-91-7671-153-8 (Print)

Contents

About this report

Acknowledgements

1. Introduction

2. Constitutional history and challenges in Ukraine

3. Principles for constitutional governance

4. The constitutional design of semi-presidential government

5. Additional constitutional design considerations of specific relevance to Ukraine

References

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Semi-presidentialism and Inclusive Governance in Ukraine

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