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The Concept Of “constitutional Nationalism” In The Constitution Act Of The Republic Of Montenegro

Author(s): Dragan Đukanović, Ivona Lađevac
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: the Constitution; the Republic of Montenegro; “constitutional nationalism”; ethnic communities; human and minority rights

Summary/Abstract: The article contains an analysis of some segments of the Constitution of the Re- public of Montenegro (22 October 2007), pointing to the introduction in an indirect way of the principles of the ethnically defined and the most numerous people as well as other peoples. So, in spite of the very complex ethnic structure, the authors stress that this set of new legitimating “foundation” of the Republic of Montenegro can lead to indirect forms of discrimination of the non-Montenegrin communities in this country. Therefore, as the authors say, the ruling political elite in Montenegro avoided explicit defining of the country as the ethnic national Montenegrin state, but some provisions of the new Constitution Act of the former Yugoslav republic confirm this. The principle of “constitutional nationalism” is most clearly expressed through the definitions of the Montenegrin language and a very general definition of the right to dual citizenship of Montenegro. In addition, in spite of numerous ethnic, geographical and historically created entities that exist in this country, the preservation of the highly unitary structure of the Republic of Montenegro confirms that the creator of the Con- stitution was led by the ethno-national principle of building of a unitary state.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 289-298
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Serbian