Reforming the decision-making process
The aim of the project is to accelerate the development of the public decision-making process towards silo-free joint action. The aim is to also strengthen the capacity for reform of representative democracy, the transparency of decision-making processes and increased opportunities for citizen influence.
Finland’s EU legislative process would benefit from wider public participation and early-stage policy influencing
Study: Finland’s EU legislative process does not support public participation or advance influencing
What is it about?
Extensive societal engagement is a key starting point for the sustainable development and success of Finland. It requires systemic reform of the operating methods and structures of governance and decision-making.
The aim of the project is to accelerate the development of the public decision-making process towards silo-free joint action. In addition, the aim is to strengthen the capacity for reform of representative democracy and the transparency of decision-making processes.
One way to achieve these aims is to bring the different phases of the decision-making and legislative process closer to people. In practice, this could mean, for example, people having better opportunities to monitor and influence lawmaking in the different phases of the legislative process.
This would lower the threshold for participating in decision-making, strengthen trust and could also improve the quality of legislation. At the same time, decision-making could be developed to be more predictable and long-term.
What do we do?
Through different studies and projects, the project supports parliament’s own reform work as well as the reform of the legislative processes across parliament and the government.
The project will also aim to develop new ways for people to learn about, influence and engage in the decision-making taking place within representative democracy.
The project will continue to promote the objectives of Sitra’s earlier Updating Democracy project (2018–2021). The project supports the reform of the operating methods of and co-operation between parliament and the government, which will strengthen Finland’s position as a model country for democracy with capacity for reform.
Who is involved?
The reform work will require Sitra to work closely with parliament, the government and other parties in state administration. Co-operation with Finnish and international scholars and experts will also be required.
The project is closely linked to Sitra’s democracy project and other activities included in the Democracy and Participation theme to promote the engagement of people and strengthen democracy.
Where are we now?
The project was launched in autumn 2018 as part of the Updating Democracy project and will run under the Democracy and Participation theme until June 2023.