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 hassle to topple the govt of Leonid Kuchma emerged from political dynamics that had seemed in previous Ukrainian elections.In this direction breaking quantity, major students position Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution within the longer viewpoint of Ukraine's post-Soviet electoral politics. masking either presidential and parliamentary elections over the whole post-Soviet interval, the chapters make clear the way within which previous elections had emerged as a part of the conflict for energy in Ukraine good earlier than 2004. The competition that got here to strength in 2004 had additionally gained the 2002 elections and had constructed its ideas in the course of competition protests that were catalyzed by means of the Kuchmagate trouble in 2000. The evolution of the dynamics that ended in the fraudulent 2004 election unearths 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 knowing 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 includes an creation to "Aspects of the Orange Revolution I-VI" by way of Andreas Umland, through 8 chapters through Robert okay. Christensen, Edward R. Rakhimkulov and Charles clever, Paul D'Anieri, Robert Kravchuk and Victor Chudowsky, Paul Kubicek, Taras Kuzio, Lucan manner, and Anna Makhorkina. those authors deliver advanced and sundry views that situate Ukraine's post-Soviet elections in financial reforms, constitutional legislation, international coverage pursuits of integrating into Europe, in addition to within the broader context of the tough and tumble festival for political keep watch over of Ukraine.