Legislative Networks in the Ukrainian Parliament: Will any Key-Players Survive After the Elections?

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)
Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for a talk by Tetiana Kostiuchenko.

The presentation includes the outcomes of the network study of legislative connections between the Ukrainian MPs of the current and former Parliaments since 2007. The central research questions to be covered are as follows: Who are the ‘influential legislators’ among the current parliamentarians? Do they have any common past connecting them together? What kind of joint legislative activities did they have? Do they meet ‘lustration’ principles or are they affiliated with the old regime? In general, the study leads to a debate about the changing structure of the legislative network and discuss possible changes to occur after the pre-term parliamentary elections.   

Tetiana Kostiuchenko is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department of the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Ukraine) and Carnegie Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology in the University of Minnesota during Fall 2014. Ms. Kostiuchenko’s dissertation is focused on the structure and features of the political elite network in Ukraine in 2007-2012. She also has been doing studies of the role of various social groups in state functioning, and working on the application of network analysis for studying interaction of social agents. Tetiana was a visiting research fellow in Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in autumn 2010 and in spring 2013. Before, she participated in the research project “Roles and Relations of Post-Soviet Elites” conducted by Uppsala University, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Tallin University in 2007-2008. Since 2007, Ms. Kostiuchenko has been working as a researcher for different NGOs, including "Europe XXI Foundation", "Centre UA", and "Strategic and Security Studies Group". She also published several peer-review articles about political elite networks in Ukraine, for one of which she got an award from Martha Turchyn Foundation for Kyiv-Mohyla faculty.

This event is free and open to the public.