Policy Alert

Ukrainian authorities’ legitimacy when elections are impossible: Part II


In the wake of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the political system has fronted 'militant democracy,' compelling authorities to protect Ukraine's democratic regime and strengthen its defenses. While Part I of the Ukraine Policy Alert “Ukrainian authorities’ legitimacy when elections are impossible” examined the limitations imposed by a full-scale war on the conduct of elections in Ukraine, as well as the legal legitimacy of representative bodies that cannot be re-elected, Part II attempts to answer the question of how to maintain a su!icient level of trust in the authorities in a situation where elections are impossible. Unlike legal legitimacy, political legitimacy is not determined by the Constitution, but by the ever-changing political reality. The latter remains the main problem for the Ukrainian authorities, growing with each passing year without elections.


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