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Våg av finländsk direkt demokrati? En studie om nationella medborgarinitiativ i Finland

Emtö, Jenna LU (2013) STVK02 20131
Department of Political Science
Human Rights Studies
Abstract (Swedish)
Modern democracies face many challenges including declining voter turnout
and growing mistrust towards political representatives. An increased trend among representative democracies facing these challenges is to introduce different direct democratic instruments. The aim of this thesis is to find what explains the introduction of the national citizens’ initiatives in Finland. During the last few decades Finland has institutionalized several direct democratic institutions, which include national and local referendums, municipal citizens’ inititatives, the
European citizens’ initiative and most recently the national citizens’ initiative. This thesis is a case study, which uses theories of direct democracy to explain why the national... (More)
Modern democracies face many challenges including declining voter turnout
and growing mistrust towards political representatives. An increased trend among representative democracies facing these challenges is to introduce different direct democratic instruments. The aim of this thesis is to find what explains the introduction of the national citizens’ initiatives in Finland. During the last few decades Finland has institutionalized several direct democratic institutions, which include national and local referendums, municipal citizens’ inititatives, the
European citizens’ initiative and most recently the national citizens’ initiative. This thesis is a case study, which uses theories of direct democracy to explain why the national citizens’ initiative was introduced in Finland, primarily by using the theories of new politics and political dissatisfication. The national citizens’ initiative is labelled an agenda initiative, which means that by a collection of signatures an issue can be raised in the parliamentary body. The process of introducing the citizens’ initiaive is examined by studying public documents and referring to earlier studies. This study finds that the theories have some
explanatory power to why Finland introduced the citizens’ initiative. The
introduction of this direct democratic instrument might however also be explained by economic factors and Finland’s membership in the EU. (Less)
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author
Emtö, Jenna LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVK02 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
political dissatisfaction, new politics, agenda initiative, medborgarinitiativ, direkt demokrati, Finland
language
Swedish
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3629113
date added to LUP
2013-05-16 13:58:43
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2014-09-04 08:27:35
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  abstract     = {Modern democracies face many challenges including declining voter turnout
and growing mistrust towards political representatives. An increased trend among representative democracies facing these challenges is to introduce different direct democratic instruments. The aim of this thesis is to find what explains the introduction of the national citizens’ initiatives in Finland. During the last few decades Finland has institutionalized several direct democratic institutions, which include national and local referendums, municipal citizens’ inititatives, the
European citizens’ initiative and most recently the national citizens’ initiative. This thesis is a case study, which uses theories of direct democracy to explain why the national citizens’ initiative was introduced in Finland, primarily by using the theories of new politics and political dissatisfication. The national citizens’ initiative is labelled an agenda initiative, which means that by a collection of signatures an issue can be raised in the parliamentary body. The process of introducing the citizens’ initiaive is examined by studying public documents and referring to earlier studies. This study finds that the theories have some
explanatory power to why Finland introduced the citizens’ initiative. The
introduction of this direct democratic instrument might however also be explained by economic factors and Finland’s membership in the EU.},
  author       = {Emtö, Jenna},
  keyword      = {political dissatisfaction,new politics,agenda initiative,medborgarinitiativ,direkt demokrati,Finland},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Våg av finländsk direkt demokrati? En studie om nationella medborgarinitiativ i Finland},
  year         = {2013},
}