This paper is based on an analysis of electoral support to left-wing movements
of parties and blocs in Ukraine from 1998 to 2006. It argues that traditional left-wing ideologies
and thereby the position of the left-wing parties have eroded in the political landscape
of Ukraine. The authors hold that this is due not only to the decline of traditional left-wing
ideologies in Ukraine’s electorate, but also to the return of a strong managed party for the
Eastern regions of the country.