Self-reported health and democratic innovations: the case of the citizens’ initiative in Finland

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Abstract

This study examines the association between self-reported health and the propensity for supporting citizens’ initiatives in Finland. Democratic innovations such as the citizens’ initiative provide novel ways for citizens to express their preferences, but whether people in poor health make use of such possibilities remains unclear. The data come from the Finnish National Election Study (FNES2015), a cross-sectional representative sample of the Finnish population. The results suggest that self-reported health affects the propensity to sign citizens’ initiatives, but the effect depends on age since it mobilizes young citizens in poor health, whereas the impact on older generations is negligible.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)291–308
JournalEuropean Political Science
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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