By Andreas Umland

Ukraine's 2004 presidential election used to be falsified, spurring the Orange Revolution. To many observers, the Orange Revolution was once a surprise, and the stolen election a up to date improvement. although, either the election fraud and the trouble to topple the govt of Leonid Kuchma emerged from political dynamics that had seemed in past Ukrainian elections.In this course breaking quantity, prime students position Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution within the longer point of view of Ukraine's post-Soviet electoral politics. protecting either presidential and parliamentary elections over the complete post-Soviet interval, the chapters make clear the style during which previous elections had emerged as a part of the conflict for strength in Ukraine good earlier than 2004. The competition that got here to energy in 2004 had additionally gained the 2002 elections and had constructed its options in the course of competition protests that were catalyzed by means of the Kuchmagate main issue in 2000. The evolution of the dynamics that ended in the fraudulent 2004 election finds that the occasions of 2004 represented continuity in addition to switch. by means of putting the 2004 elections inside an extended trajectory, the amount enriches our figuring out of the Orange Revolution and is helping us to appreciate the problems confronted in consolidating Ukraine's democratic step forward following the Orange Revolution.The quantity comprises an advent to "Aspects of the Orange Revolution I-VI" by way of Andreas Umland, by way of 8 chapters by way of Robert okay. Christensen, Edward R. Rakhimkulov and Charles clever, Paul D'Anieri, Robert Kravchuk and Victor Chudowsky, Paul Kubicek, Taras Kuzio, Lucan means, and Anna Makhorkina. those authors carry complicated and sundry views that situate Ukraine's post-Soviet elections in fiscal reforms, constitutional legislations, international coverage pursuits of integrating into Europe, in addition to within the broader context of the tough and tumble festival for political regulate of Ukraine.

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