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Finland: the referendum as a dormant feature

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Abstract

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).

Keywords

Popular Vote Centre Party Social Democratic Party Representative Institution Ballot Paper 
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