Motives for the New Constitution

  • Olga Velikanova


The government introduced the constitution to achieve international, ideological, and political goals. Among the political was the managerial goal of improving the effectiveness of government, and its ability to control, through a new election law—to use democratic procedures to motivate, revitalize, and purge sluggish, unreliable officials. Internal communications convey that the leaders took seriously the dictum of the attainment of socialism and the “new order of classes”—this was the ideological reason for a new constitution. The Stalinist vision of achieved socialism and a transformed peasantry explains why the idea of election reform with the enfranchisement of former enemies ascended. But later, when abstraction (the idea of a harmonious society) showed its discord with reality (when the discussion campaign exposed “enemies” inspired by freedoms and the obstruction of officials), the most daring part of the constitutional reform—contested elections—was castrated and the constitution became a sham.


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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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