1953 Yugoslav Constitution

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The 1953 Yugoslav Constitution was the second constitution of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia. It came into effect on January 13, 1953. It was enacted as a big packet of changes to the 1946 Yugoslav Constitution, with the goal of introducing the idea of self-management in the Constitutional matter of Yugoslavia. This constitution will be in power until the making of the 1963 Yugoslav Constitution.

This second constitution was adopted at the sixth congress of the Communist Party. It partially separated party and state political functions and granted some civil and political rights to individuals and constituent republics. It further established legal foundations for workers' control over enterprises and expanded local government power. It established Federal People's Assembly with two houses: a Federal Chamber, directly representing the regions, and a Chamber of Producers, representing economic enterprises and worker groups. The executive branch of the federal government (the Federal Executive Council, FEC) included only the five ministries dealing with national affairs and foreign policy. The Communist Party retained exclusive political control, based on the Leninist credo that the state bureaucracy would wither away, and that a multiparty system would only bring more cumbersome bureaucratic institutions.[1]

Regulations[edit]

On the basis of the political and social order, social ownership on the means of production, self-producers in the economy, self-management of working people in the municipality, the city and the county and self-working people in the fields of education, culture and social services was declared.

Yugoslavia was proclaimed a socialist, democratic, federal state of sovereign and equal nations. All power in the country belonged to the working people through their representatives in the various bodies, as well as directly - election, revocation of representatives, assemblies, councils and other forms of self-government, which was declared a basis for the entire organization.

In the field of the representative body this was reflected in the introduction of the Council of Producers, as the home of the representatives of professions, in addition to a political home. The dichotomous principle of separation of powers was abandoned, and the Federal National Assembly was proclaimed the supreme representative of people's sovereignty and the highest authority of the federation.

Until then, the highest existing executive body, the Presidium of the National Assembly of FNRJ and the Government of FNRJ were replaced with two executive authorities of the Federal People's Assembly - the President of the Republic and the Federal Executive Council (known as FEC), who were responsible for the assembly work, at least on paper. President of the Republic was also the president of the Federal Executive Council.

Democratic centralism was also abandoned, the rights of the republics and autonomous regions were increased, and in the municipality, the city and the county self-management was introduced.

Practice[edit]

Constitutional law was actually named the charter of social self-management, and the subsequent constitutions of Yugoslavia will carry that name too. By the creators of the ideas, this constitution was supposed to enable a smooth construction of self-government, pending the adoption of the new 1963 Yugoslav Constitution. In practice, the consequences were enormous, and begin the process of socialization of property left consequences, some of which are felt to this day.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glenn E. Curtis. "Breaking with the Soviet Union". Yugoslavia: A country study (Glenn E. Curtis, ed.). Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress of the USA (December 1990).  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.