A joint project by
Institute for Social Studies of the University Of Warsaw and
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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Party issue positions and legislative actions on war, corruption and inequality in Ukraine, 2002 -2018

Title of the StudyParty issue positions and legislative actions on war, corruption and inequality in Ukraine, 2002 -2018
Full name of the institution depositing the dataInstitute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Room 253, 72 Nowy Swiat, 00-330 Warsaw, Poland.
Principal InvestigatorNika Palaguta
Contact person
Data collection languageEN
Documentation languageEN

The purpose of the study

The purpose of this project was to advance the theory, methods, and empirical base for studying the relationship between party ideology, parliamentarian biography, and legislative action in Ukraine over multiple elections and on the major issues facing the country by (a) developing a general model of the determinants of the legislative behavior of parties and parliamentarians, (b) enhancing quantitative measures of ideology from party platforms for all major parties and across time, (c) building a database of party ideology, parliamentarian biography, and legislative roll call voting. This project contains legislative roll call voting data on issues dealing with (1) Military Conflict and Policies dealing with Conflict-Affected and Internally Displaced Persons, (2) Anti-Corruption Legislation and (3) Gender Inequality. The PI integrated the roll call voting data with the East European Parliamentarian and Candidate data (EAST PaC) for Ukraine (, 2002 – 2014. EAST PaC Ukraine contains the demographic and electoral biographies of the near universe of parliamentarians and candidates (the units of analysis). A detailed description of EAST PaC is available in the book, Towards Electoral Control in Central and Eastern Europe (IFiS Publishers 2016) edited by Joshua K. Dubrow and Nika Palaguta (free to the public via These data allow the researchers to investigate how parliamentarians voted for the legislation dealing with the aforementioned groups of population during last 15 years and throughout parliamentary convocations. The data is compatible with the EAST PaC data which allows perform statistical analyses for testing hypotheses of specific interest for the researchers.

Main topics of the study

Parliamentarians, legislation, war, refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), women, gender, inequality, post-communism, isuue positions of political parties and blocs, Ukraine, EAST PaC.

Unit of Analysis

Parliamentarians in Parties in Convocations

Sample design

Type of the sample applied in the Study

See “Data collection methods were used for the study.”

Geographic coverage of the sample

Lower age cut-off for the sample
Upper age cut-off for the samplebrak

Data collection methods were used for the study

The source of the roll call voting data is the official webpage of Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada Ukrainy). All roll call voting and legislation is stored online and is publicly available. The data on roll call votes is produced by the electronic system of registration of voting of Verkhovna Rada. The roll call data is presented in written records of votes of the parliamentarians. The time period covered by the research is 2002 to 2018 and the data includes legislation on 185 laws tackling war, corruption, and women’s inequality from January 2002 – January 2018. The selection procedure was as follows. To understand the content of the legislative acts and to make sure that only the legislation relevant for the research is used, the PI identified key words and examined the text of the laws. Next, the PI downloaded the roll call voting records from the website of Verkhovna Rada. The voting records are located on the page with the general description of the legislative act, including basic information on number of the law, number of the draft of the law, authorship, procedures and committees involved in editing the draft, revisions of the draft, comparison table(s), the aim of adoption, dates of voting, and debates. There is usually more than one roll call voting record on the list because the drafts can be revised and the parliamentarians can suggest their amendments even on the last day of voting. The roll call voting records for all amendments are normally available along with the final voting record. After downloading the necessary roll call voting records, the PI put them in an Excel file and used the code to merge the legislation into one dataset in Excel. Finally, the PI merged the roll call voting data with the EAST PaC data Ukraine. EAST PaC Ukraine is transliterated from Cyrillic and thus the PI needed to do the same with the roll call vote data. The PI created a transformation code to transliterate the names of the parliamentarian from Cyrillic into Latin alphabet so that they are identical with the names and the IDs of the parliamentarians in EAST PaC. The PI coded voting outcomes into numeric form ranging from ‘1’ to ‘5’. The categories are: Yes = 1, No = 2, Abstained = 3, Did not vote = 4, Absent = 5. When there were multiple roll call votes for a single piece of legislation, the PI only coded the last roll call vote. Next, the PI merged party ideology scores and roll call voting with the EAST PaC data 2002-2014. Roll call votes were coded as follows: The roll call voting data is collected from official government sources: Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, where all roll-call voting and legislation is stored online and is publicly available. To collect the data, the following key words were used: (1) Military Conflict and Policies dealing with Conflict-Affected and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs): ‘окуп’ (for ‘occupied), ‘пересел’, ‘переміщ’ (displaced (2 synonyms)), ‘aнтитерор’ (for ‘anti-terrorist’), ‘Донецк / Луганьск’ (Donetsk / Luhansk). These key words concentrate either on the territories where the military conflict takes place or on the displaced persons, using two of possible root words that refer to this category of population. (2) Corruption: (a) corrupt (corruption) (“коруп”); (b) state serv (state service) (“держ служб”); (c) publ inform (publicly available information) (“публ інформац”). (3) Gender Inequality: ‘жін’ - wome(a)n, ‘жін’ - wome(a)n + ‘чолов’ ma(e)n, ‘стат’ - gender / sex, ‘мед послуг’ - medicine, ‘навчання’ - education, ‘шлюб’ + ‘вік’ - marital age; ‘розірв’ + ‘шлюб’ - divorce; ‘вагітн’ – pregnancy,‘аборт’ – abortion, ‘полог’ – delivery, ‘торгі людьми’ – human trafficking, ‘насил’ - violence, rape, ‘домаг’ – harassment, ‘дискрім’ - discrimination, ‘заробітн плат’ - salary. Finally, there is political participation and gender quotas. The key words: ‘жін’ - wome(a)n + ‘рівн’ – equality, ‘квот’ - quota + ‘жін’ - wome(a)n, ‘сім’ - family(ies), ‘матер’ - mother(s), ‘діт’, ‘дити’ - child, children.

The total number of starting or issued names/addresses and the total number of successfully completed

starting or issued names/addresses
sucessfully completed

Substitution or replacement of respondents

no information

Post-stratification weight

no information

Description of sample design

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Start and end dates of fieldwork

Start date--2002
End date-1-2018

Interviews back-checked (e.g. supervisor checks later whether interview was conducted

Other information about the study

Pattern for data quotation

Palaguta, Nika. 2019. Issue positions of Ukrainian parties and blocs (elections 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014). Legislative actions on war, corruption, and gender inequality in Ukraine, 2002 – 2018. National Science Centre, Poland (project number 2017/25/N/HS6/01174).

Data distribution

Data use restrictions

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