The Springs of Democracy - National and Transnational Debates on Constitutional Reform in the British, German, Swedish and Finnish Parliaments, 1917-1919

Ihalainen, Pasi
Title: The Springs of Democracy - National and Transnational Debates on Constitutional Reform in the British, German, Swedish and Finnish Parliaments, 1917-1919
Authors: Ihalainen, Pasi (Author)
Product number: 9789522229182
Product form: Paperback
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Publ. product code: 1296283
Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
Series: Studia Fennica Historica 24
Edition: 2017
Publication year: 2017
Language: englanti
Pages: 586
Product family: History
Studia Fennica Historica
Library classification: 91.8 Uusin aika
National Library's descriptors: parlamentarismi, demokratia, kansainvälinen vertailu, poliittiset järjestelmät, uudistukset, julkinen keskustelu, Suomi, Ruotsi, Iso-Britannia, Saksa
During the First World War, conflicts between the people’s sacrifices and their political participation led to crises of parliamentary legitimacy. This volume compares British, German, Swedish and Finnish debates on revolution, rule by the people, democracy and parliamentarism and their transnational links.

The British reform, although more about winning the war than advancing democracy, restored parliamentary legitimacy, unlike in Germany, where Allied demands for democratisation made reform appear treasonous and fostered native German solutions. Sweden only adopted Western political models after major confrontations, but reforms saw it embark on its path to Social Democracy.

In Finland, competing Russian revolutionary discourses and German- and Swedish-inspired appeals to legality brought about the deterioration of parliamentary legitimacy and a civil war. Only a republican compromise imposed by the Entente, following a royalist initiative in 1918, led to the construction of a viable polity.