CASE Policy Briefs, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, economic stability, Institutional reforms, Post-communist transition and development issues, Ukraine

After the Orange Era: Economic Prospects in Ukraine

When Victor Yanukovich won Ukraine’s presidential election in February 2010, it marked the official end of the Orange Revolution. Soon after taking office, Yanukovich managed to form a loyal parliamentary coalition in a legally dubious way and, consequently, appointed his ally Mykola Azarov as Prime Minister. Indeed this decision may have made state governance more predictable and even provided for shortterm economic stability, but it may have come at the expense of Ukraine’s democratic freedom and long-term economic prospects.