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The Dual Spiral of Ukrainian Politics After 2010

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The victory of Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine’s February 2010 presidential election launched a new cycle of regime change in Ukraine, marked by movement from a premier-presidential regime system with “dual executives” to a super-presidential system dominated by a single principal. Ukraine’s two previous presidents, Leonid Kuchma (1994-2005) and Viktor Yushchenko (2005-2010), lacked the party resources needed to create pro-presidential majorities in parliament and to build proper executive verticals of power. By contrast, Yanukovych took advantage of the disciplined Party of Regions (PR) machine to take control of parliament and create a cabinet with very few coalition allies. [...]

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Head of the Department, Professor, Political Science
Kharkiv National University