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The Advisory Referendum in Finland

The Advisory Referendum in Finland The Advisorg Referendum i n m aa r d a l sa The article considers the institution of the referendum in Finland. It discusses the theory of the various types of referendum that are in use in democratic countries, and the history of the use of the referendum in Finland, from its use to decide on the issue of Prohibition to its use in the vote to join the European Union. The article also considers the use of the referendum in the context of local government decision making. Finally, the article discusses how to determine which issues are put to referendum and whether the issues which have in fact been put to referendum in Finland are the most appropriate issues for determination by referendum. In relation to representative decision making, the referendum assumes, in almost any country. at best a complementary role in national decision making. Representative decision making is the dominant form of national decision making. whereas the referendum constitutes merely a very visible addition to that. In fact, in Europe (to some extent even in Switzerland), only an extremely small fraction of all laws at the national level are adopted through a referendum or are influenced http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

The Advisory Referendum in Finland

European Public Law , Volume 5 (4) – Jan 21, 1999

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The Advisorg Referendum i n m aa r d a l sa The article considers the institution of the referendum in Finland. It discusses the theory of the various types of referendum that are in use in democratic countries, and the history of the use of the referendum in Finland, from its use to decide on the issue of Prohibition to its use in the vote to join the European Union. The article also considers the use of the referendum in the context of local government decision making. Finally, the article discusses how to determine which issues are put to referendum and whether the issues which have in fact been put to referendum in Finland are the most appropriate issues for determination by referendum. In relation to representative decision making, the referendum assumes, in almost any country. at best a complementary role in national decision making. Representative decision making is the dominant form of national decision making. whereas the referendum constitutes merely a very visible addition to that. In fact, in Europe (to some extent even in Switzerland), only an extremely small fraction of all laws at the national level are adopted through a referendum or are influenced

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European Public LawKluwer Law International

Published: Jan 21, 1999

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