The Legislative Logic of Electoral Reform in Ukraine

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Abstract

Since the end of Communist rule, Ukraine has undertaken three major electoral reforms, moving from a single-member district majoritarian system, to a mixed-member system, to a closed-list proportional representation system, and back to the mixed-member system. Some argue that political parties are primarily motivated by the desire to maximise seats or improve their ability to impact on policy. I argue that existing theories of electoral reform often assume that parties are unitary actors during electoral reform. My analysis of electoral reform in Ukraine clearly demonstrates significant intra-party dissonance on electoral system preferences. This result questions the usefulness of the party unity assumption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-641
Number of pages28
JournalEurope - Asia Studies
Volume69
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 21 2017

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