UDC 324(497.11)(497.16)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 65 (2014)
Vol. 65, No 1155-1156, pp. 118-128
DOI:

Original scientific paper
Received: 22 Sep 2014
Accepted: 22 Oct 2014

REFERENDUMA AS A NEGATION OF DIRECT DEMOCRACY: EXPERIENCES OF SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

Džamić Vladimir (Autor je docent na Univerzitetu Singidunum), dzamicvladimir@gmail.com
Pavićević Vladimir (Autor je docent na fakultetu političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu), vlado@bos.rs

Referendum is one of the most important instruments of direct (immediate) democracy, which is generally accepted in all consolidated democratic states. on the eve of the break-up of former Yugoslavia referendums were used very intensively for everyday political purposes or as a form (illusion) of legitimisation of specific political decisions. In the article, the authors analyse referendum as an instrument of direct democracy in the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro. on the basis of the experiences from the two referendum processes in both states the authors will attempt to show that in these states referendum was not an instrument but a negation of direct democracy. To support this, the authors will analyse the legal and political aspects of carrying out the referendums as well as the consequences in the two states that resulted from them. The lack of mechanism of direct democracy in both states, which has remained up to date, is only one in a number of indicators which show that democracy in those states is non-consolidated, fragile and false.

Keywords: referendum, direct democracy, serbia, Montenegro, democratic consolidation