NEWSPAPER ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN “SAMOUPRAVA” ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL ORGANIZATION OF THE KINGDOM OF SCS FROM THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS UNTIL THE VIDOVDAN CONSTITUTION Cover Image

„САМОУПРАВА“ О УРЕЂЕЊУ КРАЉЕВИНЕ СХС ОД ИЗБОРА ЗА УСТАВОТВОРНУ СКУПШТИНУ ДО УСВАЈАЊА ВИДОВДАНСКОГ УСТАВА
NEWSPAPER ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN “SAMOUPRAVA” ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL ORGANIZATION OF THE KINGDOM OF SCS FROM THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS UNTIL THE VIDOVDAN CONSTITUTION

Author(s): Nebojša Maksimović
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Public Administration
Published by: Правни факултет Универзитета у Нишу
Keywords: “Samouprava”; Radical Party; unitary state; the Kingdom of SCS; Government’s draft constitution; administrative-territorial division

Summary/Abstract: In the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (SCS), the Radical Party sought to establish and preserve the unitary state order. In the first half of 1921, the official newspaper of the Radical Party “Samouprava” (Autonomy) consistently defended this concept during the constitutional debate preceding the adoption of the Vidovdan Constitution (adopted by the Constitutional Assembly on St. Vitus’ Day, 28 June 1921). Numerous arguments were made in favor of political centralization, while challenging federalism as a good constitutional solution to internal political, national and economic relations. The arguments proposed by “Samouprava” were based on the fact that a unitary state best suited the interests of a single nation which included three Slavic tribes, wheras the federal system of government would trigger the development of “tribal” and provincial separatism. State unity was also sought for foreign policy reasons because it was believed that the federation would be resistant to external pressures, especially in the event of any confrontation with the neighboring countries.

  • Issue Year: LVI/2017
  • Issue No: 77
  • Page Range: 205-221
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Serbian