Finland: the referendum as a dormant feature



Finland has traditionally relied on the representative form of government, with very limited experience of the deployment of the referendum in national decision-making. It may be said, however, that the institution of the referendum has been a dormant feature in Finnish politics, popping up occasionally at least as an idea and in the form of a policy vote — that is, as a consultative vote whose object is not a draft law but a policy choice to which representative institutions give effect (an ad hoc referendum, to use the terminology introduced in chapter 1).


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