№134 Ukraine: sovereign decentralisation or federalism without sovereignty? Cover Image

№134 Ukraine: sovereign decentralisation or federalism without sovereignty?
№134 Ukraine: sovereign decentralisation or federalism without sovereignty?

Author(s): Tadeusz A. Olszański
Subject(s): Governance, Economic policy, Government/Political systems, Developing nations, Geopolitics
Published by: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Ukraine; federalism; sovereignity
Summary/Abstract: mands for a constitutional reform that would transform the country from a unitary into a federal state in a way that would considerably privilege the eastern and southern regions. Such a change to Ukraine's administrative system would enable Moscow to put pressure on Ukraine's central government via the regions. In order to achieve its objectives, Russia has been pressuring Kyiv to establish a constitutional assembly in a form that would guarantee the endorsement of solutions dictated by Russia. In other words, Russia has been demanding, in what is practically an ultimatum, that Ukraine give up one of the fundamental sovereign rights of a state, the right to freely determine its system of government.Transforming Ukraine into a federal state is an unacceptable idea, primarily because the intention behind Russia's demands is to undermine Ukraine's sovereignty, both through the content of the proposed changes and the way in which they are to be implemented. However, keeping in place the current, centralist model of state governance is not a feasible alternative. Ukraine will have to grant its regions broad self-governance powers, including the power to hold local referendums, and to transfer a considerable portion of the prerogatives currently held by the state to the local self-governments, along with adequate financial resources. That is because decentralisation along these lines is the only way forward towards a modern democracy in Ukraine.

  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: English