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How Democracy Was Understood in the Course of Yugoslavia's Development, 1918-1980

Zvonko Posavec ; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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The way in which democracy was understood in the course of Yugoslavia's development from 1918 to 1980 was determined by the need to create a firm political unity rathen than by the architectural growth of the law and order state with its core in the affirmation of laws and the respect for individual rights. The democratic substance was at one time sought in the nation, at a third time in the proleterian internationalism in its different variants. The author maintains that the lack of liberal democratic traditions and the fact that civil society institutions are missing may again move the gravity centre of the developing and understanding of democracy towards a homogenization of political unity instead towards the development of liberal tendencies which only, according to the author's opingion, lend to a modern political constitution its genuine value.


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