It is striking to notice though how similar is the Finnish system to the Israeli one, albeit, the tones are quite different, he claims that important public policy issues that are out of the general consensus aren’t throughly discussed, and blames it on the structure of the political system, in similarly-structured Israel, however, issues are argued upon quite violently.
I have no choice but to conclude that the tone of the political argument seems to have more to do with the character of the general population then the structure of the political systems.
One point that Justen interestingly seems to omit, is that a system in which big parties require the cooperation of smaller parties in order to form a coalition, is one that gives those parties incredible exhortation power and often allows them to push the narrow goals of their relatively minor electorate forward in expense for the goals of the political majority.
One instance of such a small party utilizing its power is the recent dealings around law proposition 892 (which I should have written about long ago).
Law proposition 892 proposes to mandate internet service providers to utilize internet filtering software in order to block pornographic websites, thereby forcing web surfers to actively opt-out if they wish to have their connection not filtered (and subsequently be listed on what may be considered a sex-offender’s list).
Law proposition 892 is pushed forward by the minister of communications, which is a member of “Shase”, a relatively small party representing a religiously orthodox Jewish population, which is generally not considered to be internet-using (or television-watching).
Law proposition 892 has met stern objections from all the left-winged political bodies, most of the players in the tech and communication industries an, obviously, the blogsphere, but despite all that it seems to keep on moving forward with the political coalition voting for it.