Monthly Archive: June 2016

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Why the Referendum on Brexit has not Become a Triumph of Democracy

The UK’s referendum on the EU membership may appear as yet another example of democracy in action. First, politicians have given the people the chance to make such an important decision. Next, they seem to have accepted the result as “an instruction that must be delivered”. But what if the Brexit vote is actually a sign of the fragility of democracy? Holding the referendum was too risky since this instrument was not yet sufficiently institutionalized in the British democracy. The very decision to hold it and its outcome seem to have resulted from the mistakes of the UK’s leaders. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

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Pursuit of Judicial Reform in Ukraine

This article reviews the legislation which have been passed prior to amending the Constitution and explains how new legislation changes the status quo. This text concludes with several recommendations on measures that may facilitate reform progress.

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Formation of the basic values of civil servants

Is it possible to institutionalize values and make them the basis of civil servants’ work? What are the basic values of Swedish civil servants, and how do they differ from the principles laid down in Ukraine’s law on the civil service? Is there a relationship between values and corruption? What is the role of confidentiality norms in creating a culture that resists corruption? Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

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33 Vetoes of President Poroshenko

In the first two years of his presidency, Petro Poroshenko has vetoed 33 parliamentary bills. VoxUkraine has analyzed all the vetoes and found some trends. In particular, the analysis has revealed that the number of vetoes has been increasing. Most bills were vetoed because they did not comply with existing laws. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

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Brexit Referendum and Immigration

This Thursday, June 23rd, the UK will face an in-out referendum on the membership of the EU. Immigration is the deciding factor for many referendum voters. From outside of the country it might be difficult to understand why. In this blog I will try to explain the reason why this issue is so important and why it should not be.

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Salaries of Judges: VoxCheck of Victor Pynzenyk

Was Victor Pynzenyk right in saying that the salary of Ukrainian judges would soon rise to 315,000 UAH? Partly yes, but this increase will only apply to some senior judges. The vast majority of judges will count on 24,000-66,000 UAH from the next year. Provided they pass the selection procedure. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

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Brexit: Shall Ukrainians Worry

In a national referendum on June 23 Britons will decide whether they want their country to stay in the European Union (the EU) or exit the bloc. Economic consequences of Great Britain exiting the EU (Brexit) are believed to be negative, but bearable. More important are potential geopolitical implications, as Brexit may trigger domino effect among EU member states, significantly weakening the EU and strengthening Russia on global geopolitical arena. This may in turn reduce EU aspirations of Ukrainians

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Reduction of Gas Consumption by Population: Energy Conservation or Energy Substitution

In the article, we analyze the response of households’ energy expenditures to energy prices increase and make inference about its relation to energy consumption. The household-level data suggest that population indeed reduces gas consumption because of price increase. In addition, households using gas for heating partially substitute it with electricity while those using gas for cooking – reduce their electricity expenditures to mitigate gas price shock. These findings are consistent with macroeconomic data, since the share of electricity in residential energy consumption has increased over 2008-2014.