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Serving Two Masters: Professionalized Bureaucracies Vs. the “Investment Market” in Ukraine’s Election Administration

  Erik S. Herron Eberly Family Professor of Political Science Department of Political Science John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics West Virginia University 316 Woodburn Hall, PO Box 6317 Morgantown, WV 26506 esherron@mail.wvu.edu Nazar Boyko Director CIFRA Group, L’viv, Ukraine nazarboyko83@gmail.com Michael Thunberg Department of Political Science John D. Rockefeller IV School […]

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State Capacity and Election Administration in Ukraine

This paper was prepared for the 2015 Midwest Political Science Association Conference. The authors thank Andriy Magera and Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission for access to personnel data and support in conducting personnel surveys; IFES for technical assistance in developing the surveys and permission to interview subjects at IFES sessions; Michael Thunberg for research assistance; and […]


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State Capacity in Crisis Conditions: Preliminary Survey Results of Ukraine’s Election Administration

Erik S. Herron Eberly Family Professor of Political Science Department of Political Science John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics West Virginia University 316 Woodburn Hall, PO Box 6317 Morgantown, WV 26506 esherron@mail.wvu.edu   Nazar Boyko Director CIFRA Group, L’viv, Ukraine nazarboyko83@gmail.com   The authors thank Andriy Magera of Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission […]


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Ukraine’s next electoral challenge

By Erik Herron and Nazar Boyko A Ukrainian policeman stands in front of a voting booth as he secures the polling station in the village of Kosmach in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (province), western Ukraine May 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel   As part of our continuing series of Monkey Cage Election Reports, the following is a pre-election […]


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Is Ukraine ready to vote?

BY ERIK HERRON May 18 at 8:00 am Joshua Tucker: As part of our continuing series of election reports, the following is a pre-election report from University of Kansas political scientist Erik Herron. He is currently working with the Committee for Open Democracy on its election observation mission for Ukraine’s 2014 Early Presidential Election and […]


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Reversing Democratic Revolutions: The Implications of Ukraine’s 2010 Local Elections

  Erik S. Herron University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA Nazar Boyko Cifra Group, L ´ viv, Ukraine ABSTRACT The triumph of Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine’s 2010 presidential election raised questions about the continuation of democratic electoral practices instituted after the Orange Revolution. Local elections provided the first opportunity to assess these practices under the […]


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Horizontal accountability during political transition: The use of deputy requests in Ukraine, 2002–2006

  Erik S. Herron University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA Nazar Boyko Cifra Group, L ´ viv, Ukraine ABSTRACT Horizontal accountability, in which institutional actors with equivalent levels of authority possess tools to challenge one another, is a critical component of mature and stable democracy. This article investigates ways in which partisanship differentiates how political […]


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UNDERSTANDING INTER- AND INTRA-BRANCH RELATIONS THROUGH THE USE OF OVERSIGHT TOOLS: EVIDENCE FROM UKRAINE, 2002-2009

Introduction In November 2004, Ukraine garnered the world’s attention as hundreds of thousands of citizens mobilized to challenge improperly administered presidential elections. Tense negotiations between the opposition and regime finally produced a compromise: another round of voting would be held for the presidency, and constitutional reforms subsequently would be enacted to enhance parliament’s authority vis-a-vis […]


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ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE?: LEGISLATOR REQUESTS AND REPRESENTATION IN UKRAINE’S VERKHOVNA RADA

Introduction Legislators have many tools to fulfill their responsibilities as representatives. Indeed, a significant subset of the literature on representation addresses how elected legislators provide constituency service. Constituency service activities may include securing resources for the district, providing information to citizens, or intervening with government agencies to prompt a response or resolve a dispute. This […]


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INTER-BRANCH RELATIONS AND THE USE OF DEPUTY REQUESTS IN UKRAINE, 2002-2006

Introduction In November 2004, Ukraine garnered the world’s attention as hundreds of thousands of citizens mobilized to challenge improperly  administered presidential elections. Tense negotiations between the opposition and regime finally produced a compromise: another round of voting would be held for the presidency, and constitutional reforms subsequently would be enacted to enhance parliament’s authority vis-a-vis […]