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Divided Government in Finland: From a Semi‐Presidential to a Parliamentary Democracy

Heikki Paloheimo

in Divided Government in Comparative Perspective

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780198295655
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599149 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295650.003.0005

Series: Comparative Politics

 Divided Government in Finland: From a Semi‐Presidential to a Parliamentary Democracy

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Divided government in the case of Finland has resulted not just from its ‘semi‐presidential’ division of power between the president and the government, but also from the frequency with which the electorate has failed to return decisive majorities. The frequency of minority governments and the qualified majorities who needed to pass legislation have often made it necessary to establish a ‘cohabitation’ arrangement between the government and the legislature.

Keywords: cohabitation; divided government; Finland; minority government

Chapter.  8230 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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