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The Politics of Electoral Systems$
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Michael Gallagher and Paul Mitchell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199257566.001.0001

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Finland: One Hundred Years of Quietude

Finland: One Hundred Years of Quietude

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(p.473) Chapter 23 Finland: One Hundred Years of Quietude
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The Politics of Electoral Systems
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Tapio Raunio

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199257566.003.0023

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

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