Chizhov Georgy

Ukraine embraced by populists

Populism has been an integral part of Ukraine’s public policy from the very beginning of the country’s sovereignty. What kind of Ukrainian values have supported it? Why conventional left-wing parties lost their ground to the populists? What is happening on the populistic front now? You will find answers to these and other questions in our analytical article

The routine of decentralisation

Decentralisation was the first sweeping reform declared by the new Ukrainian authorities after the Revolution of Dignity in 2014. The idea was to fully transform the state governance model through empowering municipal authorities. Ukraine’s principle of administrative division traces its origin to the Soviet system and until recently included three main and familiar levels: central, regional, and local. Nearly all collected tax revenues went to Kiev, from where they were redistributed in the notorious “manual mode”. The reform is based on the subsidiarity principle, which dictates that all public services shall be provided at the lowest and most remote level from the center, at which these services remain feasible and can be provided efficiently