Has Ukraine's Path to Democracy Improved from Independence to the Orange Revolution
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis seeks to identify if Ukraine is transitioning to a democracy from an authoritarian regime after the breakup of the Soviet Union and if so, measure Ukraines democratic progress using specific democratization criteria from the 1990 parliamentary elections to the 2004 Orange Revolution. A free and fair electoral process involving multiple political parties, genuine power resident with elected officials, and executive power both constrained constitutionally and held accountable by other government branches i.e. the Verkhovna Rada and the judiciary, will be used to measure Ukraines democratic transition. Historical analysis of democracys progress will be examined during the presidencies of Leonid Kravchuk 1991-1994, Leonid Kuchma 1994-2004 and Viktor Yushchenko 2004-Present discerning if democracy has progressed or diminished over the past fifteen years.
- Government and Political Science