Dr. Meleshevych has served as president of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy since 2014 and Professor of Law since 2005. He holds a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University (USA). He was warded a visiting fellowship at Stanford University (USA, 2010), and served as visiting professor at Heidelberg University (Germany) (seminar on the European Neighbourhood Policy and Ukraine), Syracuse University (USA) (courses on Post-Soviet Politics and Democratic Transitions and Consolidations), and Yerevan University, Armenia (Summer School for Junior Faculty on Democratization, Political Violence, and Conflict Resolution). He has widely published internationally in the fields of European human rights law, institution-building in the post-Soviet transitional countries including current EU members (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), political consequences of electoral laws and executive-legislative arrangements, political parties, comparative constitutional law and constitutionalism, and philosophy of law.

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The objective of this paper is to conduct primary research on the cost of parliamentary politics in Ukraine, the financial implications of running for a seat in the national parliament (Rada), and the cost incurred by an MP once in office. Drawing upon semi structured interviews with current and former members of the Rada, unsuccessful candidates for these positions, subject matter experts on Ukrainian parliamentary elections, the paper explores the main drivers of the cost of politics in Ukraine.

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