<b>Finland: One Hundred Years of Quietude</b>

Tapio Raunio

in The Politics of Electoral Systems

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199257560
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603280 | DOI:
 Finland: One Hundred Years of Quietude

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The Finnish electoral system – which will be 100 years old in 2006 – enjoys a high level of legitimacy among voters, and is thus unlikely to be changed. Finland has one of the most candidate-centred electoral systems, with electors casting only one vote for one of a party’s candidates. This preference voting produces heated competition between candidates of the same party. PR in quite large constituencies has produced one of Europe’s largest party systems.

Keywords: open-list PR; primaries; candidate selection; fragmentation; oversized coalitions; consensus

Chapter.  7412 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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