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Original scientific paper

The Finnish Model of Presidential Power

Štefica Deren-Antoljak ; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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APA 6th Edition
Deren-Antoljak, Š. (1992). Finski model predsjedničke vlasti. Politička misao, 29 (3), 18-37. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Deren-Antoljak, Štefica. "Finski model predsjedničke vlasti." Politička misao, vol. 29, no. 3, 1992, pp. 18-37. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Deren-Antoljak, Štefica. "Finski model predsjedničke vlasti." Politička misao 29, no. 3 (1992): 18-37.
Deren-Antoljak, Š. (1992). 'Finski model predsjedničke vlasti', Politička misao, 29(3), pp. 18-37. Available at: (Accessed 01 December 2020)
Deren-Antoljak Š. Finski model predsjedničke vlasti. Politička misao [Internet]. 1992 [cited 2020 December 01];29(3):18-37. Available from:
Š. Deren-Antoljak, "Finski model predsjedničke vlasti", Politička misao, vol.29, no. 3, pp. 18-37, 1992. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 01 December 2020]

It would be difficult to classify the Finnish political system among the traditional models of the organization of political power in the highly developed competitive democracies because it contains elements of two fundamental alternative models - the parliamentary and the presidential. The Finnish Constitution combines elements of the presidential system with institutions from the British and French parliamentary model. Important constitutional authorization is entrusted to the head of the state. His real influence upon the political life of the country and his constitutional-political and his real role and position lead to the conclusion that the political system of Finland comes close to the semipresidential model of government but that, at the same time, it does not coincide with the classical patterns of the position of the head of state in parliamentary systems. In a traditionally fragmented multiparty democracy like Finland the authority esteem, and influence of the president of the Republic has contributed to the development of consentual democracy which among its distinguishing marks includes the dispersion and limitation of power.

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