This book uses Ukraine as a case study in trying to trace the key moments of decision making in the course of creating a new state while shedding the legacies of "Soviet-type" statehood. It offers a systematic examination of competing ideological visions of statehood and discusses them against the backdrop of historical traditions in Ukraine. This well-documented and lucidly written book is the only coherent account available in English of the process of constitutional reform, offering an insight into post-Soviet Ukrainian politics.
Kataryna Wolczuk, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham
Contents; Introduction I. Constitutions and statehood: A conceptual framework II. The tradition of statehood in Ukraine III. Independence without a vision, constitution making 1990-91 IV. Simulated reforms: Ukraine under Kravchuk's presidency V. How to organize the State: constitutional debates after the 1994 elections VI. The passage of the constitution: process, actors and strategies VII. Ukraine as a nation-state: the conceptions of statehood in the 1996 constitutions VIII. Ukraine under the new constitution: the anatomy of crisis