Semi-Presidentialism & Constitutional Instability in Ukraine

T his project assesses the contribution that the semi-presidential form of government can make to consolidating democracy and preventing the reemergence of presidential autocracy in Ukraine. The political history of Ukraine since the fall of Communism has been one of strong presidents and weak legislatures. This report analyzes a range of options for designing a semi-presidential system, considering the extent to which these options can ensure: (1) limited presidential power, (2) an effective legislature capable of exercising oversight of the president and the government, (3) effective and meaningful power sharing between the prime minister and the president, and (4) presidential leadership in times of crisis.

Partner: The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).

Experts: Sujit Choudhry (Constitutional Transitions) and Thomas Sidelius (Dalarna University).

Outputs: Report (in English and Ukrainian).