Challenges and Hopes
Edited By Viktor Stepanenko and Yaroslav Pylynskyi
The Issue of Power Decentralisation in the Context of Constitutional Reform in Ukraine
Our purpose in this paper is to explore the issue of decentralisation of power in Ukraine, which was mostly inherited from the country’s Soviet past. However, under the current geopolitical circumstances reform through decentralisation has an especially sensitive character, since there is a real danger of the country’s disintegration and a threat to its territorial integrity.
Indeed, the political crisis in Ukraine has made a key governmental issue more pressing than ever: the improvement of mechanisms for the implementation of state policy and the reapportionment of power and authority in the system of state and local self-government. In particular, the crisis has revealed severe defects in the existing system of separation of powers, the rectification of which requires comprehensive reforms. The decentralisation of power, as one of the most welcome directions in the new development of Ukrainian legislation, has become the question of the day. However, the only possible way to achieve effective decentralisation of power is constitutional reform.
Article 132 of the current Constitution of Ukraine directly emphasizes the use of the principle of decentralisation within the context of the basic principles of the territorial structure of Ukraine. This article states: “The territorial structure of Ukraine is based on the principles of unity and territorial integrity, the combination of centralisation and decentralisation in the exercise of state power, balanced socio-economic development of regions, considering the historical, economic, environmental, geographic and demographic characteristics and the ethnic and cultural traditions thereof.”1 It is worth...
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