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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 […]