Saara Ilvessalo

Saara Ilvessalo is a Finnish city councillor and a member of the Finnish Greens’ Executive Committee.


The Finnish Citizens’ Initiative: Changing the Agenda

In an unprecedented step towards direct democracy, Finland adopted a national Citizens’ Initiative law in March 2012. Although it has succeeded in opening debates in the national parliament on a number of issues, serious questions remain over whether citizens really have the power to effect change through the tool.

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