The Prospects for the new Coalition Government in Ukraine

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Although Petro Poroshenko’s electoral victory in May was the largest of any president in post-Soviet Ukraine, his electoral bloc failed to gain a legislative majority in October’s parliamentary elections. As a result, Poroshenko will continue to rely on the support of a cross-party coalition. A research project at the University of Oxford has explored the consequences of coalitional politics for governmental efficacy and democratic consolidation in presidential systems. The findings of this project illustrate some of the challenges that face Petro Poroshenko.

Prof Paul Chaisty is Professor of Russian and East European PoliticsProfessor Timothy Power is Professor of Latin American Politics and University Lecturer in Brazilian Studies, St Antonys College