Functioning of the Parliamentary System in the Kingdom of Serbia from 1889 to 1892 Cover Image

Функционисање парламентарног система у Краљевини Србији од 1889. до 1892. године
Functioning of the Parliamentary System in the Kingdom of Serbia from 1889 to 1892

Author(s): Miroslav D. Pešić, Božica Mladenović
Subject(s): History, 19th Century
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd
Keywords: parliamentarism; Radical Party; election law; Liberal Party; Jovan Ristić

Summary/Abstract: The constitutional reform of 1888 had a strong impact on Serbia’s political and constitutional life. The multiannual struggle of the People’s Radical Party culminated in passing of the constitution by the principle of majority. The position of the Radical Party was changed from the ground as it came to power and made its own cadre consisting of young intellectuals. The analysis of the overall work of the radical government from 1889 to 1892 indicates that the radicals on the one hand made great effort to introduce the constitution into the political life of Serbia, and on the other to limit the ruler’s power. However, it should not be forgotten that the parliamentary regime on which so many radicals insisted was gradually turning into a totalitarian one-party system. The parliamentary system that enabled the absolute power of the Radical Party in all state institutions was short­-lived. King Alexander had an immense wish to bring an end, as soon as possible, to all new things introduced by the parliamentary system, which is why he was constantly fighting with the political parties and very frequently insisted on a coup.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 65
  • Page Range: 331-353
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Serbian