Challenges and constraints for post-Soviet committees: exploring the impact of parties on committees in Ukraine

Author: Whitmore, Sarah

Source: Journal of Legislative Studies, Volume 12, Number 1, March 2006 , pp. 32-53(22)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

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This study focuses on the impact of parliamentary parties on committees' structure and activity in the post-Soviet context. Through a case study of committees in Ukraine's Rada, the paper demonstrates that weak, fluid parties can act as a barrier to committees' efficacy by shaping their structure, leadership and by blocking ameliorating reforms. Although Ukraine's committees were formally allocated a significant role in the law-making process, in practice the realisation of this function was constrained by parties and also by context of the wider institutional uncertainty.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford Brookes University

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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