FSD2376 Decision-Making within the Centre Party of Finland 2001shortcuts: data collection | citation | publications
The aim of the study was to find out how the members and professional politicians of the Centre Party of Finland define the party's internal decision-making and the roles of various actors in it.
The respondents were asked how often they participated in party meetings and organisational activities, which factors they believed had influenced the choice of the party leader, and how the respondents communicated with various bodies within the party. The respondents listed the most important tasks of the members of the Centre Party, and they gave their opinions on how much influence they believed the party members had in internal decisions. Sources of information about different party activities were queried, as well as the amount of influence various bodies had on the internal decision-making of the Centre Party.
The respondents assessed the activities of the party on the regional and national level for instance in terms of openness, democracy, topic orientation, and reformism. They were also presented with a set of attitudinal statements on democracy and the exercise of power within the Centre Party. In addition, the respondents' views were probed on the so-called labour market reform programme of the party in the 1999 Parliamentary elections and on the party's favourable stance on the EU membership issue adopted in the 1994 party meeting. Finally, the respondents were asked to give their opinions on various issues, such as nuclear power, supporting small business, registration of same-sex relationships, accepting refugees, and securing services in rural areas.
The data include responses from 653 respondents, out of which 339 were ordinary party members and 314 district committee members, chairpersons or executive directors.
Background variables included the respondent's age, gender, education, marital status, size of municipality of residence, current and previous duties within the party, and the parents' political party preference.
Centre Party of Finland; decision making; democracy; information retrieval; managers; organizations; politics; trust; voting
organisation studies; political studies (FSD Topics Classification)
; government, political systems and organisations (CESSDA Topics Classification)
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October 2001 - November 2001
Members of the Centre Party of Finland, district committee members and chairpersons, and district executive directors.
Total study of the district committee members and chairpersons and the district executive directors of the Centre Party of Finland (463 persons). In addition, systematic sampling from the district organisations' member registers (1,048 persons). The sample was divided by districts according to the number of members in each district. In five districts, the sample had to be drawn done manually - in the rest, the sample was random.
Postal survey and interview
District committee members and chairpersons and district executive directors 70%. Party members 31%.
Data: SPSS portable file. Data available also in other file formats.
Questionnaire: pdf file in Finnish
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Jutila, Karina: Decision-Making within the Centre Party of Finland 2001 [computer file]. FSD2376, version 1.0 (2009-05-12). Tampere: Finnish Social Science Data Archive [distributor], 2009.
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