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Original scientific paper


Carl Ballestrem ; University of Eichstaett, Eichstaett, Germany

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APA 6th Edition
Ballestrem, C. (1998). Narodni suverenitet u ustavnoj državi. Politička misao, 35 (3), 64-77. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Ballestrem, Carl. "Narodni suverenitet u ustavnoj državi." Politička misao, vol. 35, no. 3, 1998, pp. 64-77. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Ballestrem, Carl. "Narodni suverenitet u ustavnoj državi." Politička misao 35, no. 3 (1998): 64-77.
Ballestrem, C. (1998). 'Narodni suverenitet u ustavnoj državi', Politička misao, 35(3), pp. 64-77. Available at: (Accessed 24 September 2020)
Ballestrem C. Narodni suverenitet u ustavnoj državi. Politička misao [Internet]. 1998 [cited 2020 September 24];35(3):64-77. Available from:
C. Ballestrem, "Narodni suverenitet u ustavnoj državi", Politička misao, vol.35, no. 3, pp. 64-77, 1998. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 24 September 2020]

The author analyses the tension which exists in constitutional states between the popular sovereignty and the constraints of the people by constitutional order. After explaining and historically interpreting the significance of popular sovereignty as well as the danger hidden in the unequivocal adherence to this principle, he describes the functioning of popular sovereignty in several European constitutions. Most of them express certain misgivings about the people and its direct participation, so that its activities are limited to constitutionally predictable decisions. The author also highlights certain ethic dilemmas and perimeters of popular sovereignty. Constitutional state is based on the compromise between the liberal and the democratic principle; recently, this compromise has been endangered in some newly-created constitutional regimes by non-liberal democracy or the disequilibrium between these two principles.

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