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Isn't there a danger for democracy when a party gains more than half the seats in a parliament?

In recent elections in the UK, the Conservative Party received 330 seats, and the absolute majority because it is more than half of the 650 available seats. This means there was all across the UK more ...
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25 views

Happiness Index

I found that Buthan created the Gross National Happiness Index in order to evalue the happiness of their citizens and compare that with other countries. I pressume the intention of that was to do some ...
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67 views

Does Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty violate the U.S. Constitution?

Under Article 5, if one member country is attacked, all member countries may be required to respond with military force. But the U.S. Constitution says we aren't allowed to go to war without ...
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What happens if a country becomes bankrupt?

What happens to the citizens of the country? What happens to the sovereignty of the country? What happens to the neighbors? For example, what will happen if Greece becomes bankrupt?
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57 views

Have Japan and Russia technically been at war since World War II?

I just learned that Japan and Russia never formally signed a peace treaty after WWII, and according to Wiki As of 2015 matters remain unresolved Does that mean that Japan and Russia are still ...
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Are there any political parties in Saudi Arabia?

If there aren't any, then what stops the establishment of such parties?
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48 views

Why doesn't the USA try to impose changes in Mexico to stop illegal immigration?

Building a wall doesn't seem very intelligent in my opinion. There will be illegal immigrants as long as poor Mexicans keep having children carelessly and as long as there are no opportunities for ...
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21 views

Do other parties to the TPP negotiations have, or need, something like Fast Track?

In recent weeks there has been a lot of media coverage of the "Fast Track" bill the U.S. Congress is looking at which would allow President Obama to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership ratified more ...
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Why don't other nations take action against Islamic State?

Islamic State is clearly a threat to pretty much everyone. They use shock tactics that enrage the citizens of many nations, they've attacked Syria and Iraq, and butchered many in those countries, ...
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56 views

What do we mean when we say that Daesh controls a terroritory?

In the recent news, it was said that the terrorist organization Daesh controls now half of Syria, together with one third of Iraq. What does it mean for a terrorist organization to control such a ...
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32 views

International Paradigms and theories in the China-Tibetan Conflict [on hold]

I would like to know, what is believed to be the best paradigm of international relations, realism, liberalism, constructivism, economic structuralism, or feminism, to explain the Chinese invasion of ...
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142 views

Why did Senator Rand Paul speak for ten hours on 20th May 2015 and why did he stop before midnight?

I am not American and have only a sketchy knowledge of Senate procedure. What exactly was Rand Paul trying to achieve with this marathon speech? Why did he stop when he did, rather than go on past ...
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45 views

Why was the reelection rate for the US House of representatives in 2010 the lowest since 1970?

According to OpenSecrets the relection rate dropped from 95% to 85% from 2008 to 2010. The last time the rate was as low as 85% was 1970. What's the reason for the drop in the reelection rate in 2010? ...
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74 views

Is the UN a tool of US foreign aims? [closed]

While not systematically observing through electronic media US foreign policy actions, I've come to my own conclusion that UN serves mainly to further US foreign aims. Did I draw the wrong conclusion? ...
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101 views

In what ways do leaders in China have a high sense of accountability?

At the recent St. Gallen Symposium, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, mentioned in an interview that while China is not democratic, its leaders have a high sense of ...
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87 views

Why are former communist dictatorships in the EU considered less democratic by The Economist?

The democracy index by The Economist (also see Wikipedia) is almost systematically classing countries that were recently dictatorships as less democratic than the longer term democratic countries. ...
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Is there are non-independent country with “full fiscal autonomy”?

In the post-election debate in the United Kingdom, where the Scottish National Party won 56 out of 59 Scottish Westminster seats and 50% of the Scottish popular vote, one point of discussion is how ...
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104 views

How necessary is it to destroy statues in Ukraine?

How necessary is it to destroy statues in Ukraine? They could have preserved them as a part of their history. At least they could become tourist attractions.
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What's the difference between affirmative action and racism? [closed]

Affirmative action is the policy of favoring certain groups of people over others. In the US, this is generally implemented by basis of race. How is this not the exact definition of ...
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1answer
51 views

How to save forests in my country? [closed]

I live in a small Eastern EU country with huge problems (endemic corruption, weak economy, poverty, etc.). Over the last 25 years, the country's natural resources have been exploited without any ...
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150 views

Which are the advantages of monarchy?

Some western democracies are monarchies (UK, Denmark, Spain...). What are the advantages that this system gives to the people, when compared with a presidential system? I want to stress that I'm ...
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104 views

How could the government encourage more women study higher education

1- How could the government encourage more women study higher education? 2- How could the government encourage more women choose studies that are more income-rewarding, like the most technical, such ...
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Regarding CAG India what does this line “CAG satisfies himself about the wisdom, faithfulness and economy of the expenditure incurred.” means

I came across this line about the duties of CAG in a book. He satisfies himself about the wisdom, faithfulness and economy of the expenditure incurred. What does this line mean? What does satisfy ...
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56 views

Policy changes made by citizens

I am a Canadian citizen and I'm not happy with certain policies here; with the elections coming in 5 months. What is a proper course of legal and illegal actions a citizen can take to influence the ...
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101 views

Is there any practical way to liberate North Korea from a totalitarian and maniac regime?

How to get rid of north Korean maniac regime? Is there any way that the West is not being able to exercise for some reason? Practical means, which can be done for sure. For example, China and Russia ...
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64 views

What are the practicalities of having a non-MP as your party leader?

Recent examples of non-MP leaders for well-known UK parties are Natalie Bennett and Nigel Farage. This seems to generally only be the case if the party had very few or no elected MPs when choosing a ...
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87 views

Does it matter what is said on the US congress floor?

It seems like bills are only put up for vote when the votes for and against are known beforehand. So, does it matter what they debate about during the actual sessions of congress? Is it purely for ...
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48 views

Is this a better alternative to the Electoral College? [closed]

Each candidate gets points based on district and the one with more district votes gets the extra 2 points, but the district votes the other candidate got is still his. That way, a candidate doesn't ...
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72 views

Who was the last prime minister never to have been elected at all

Who was the last prime minister of the UK never to have been elected to the House of Commons. I believe Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury was prime minister while a member of the House ...
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72 views

UK Westminster party with unelected leader calling the shots

I am interested in the possibility of a party being elected into Westminster in a UK General election, with the party leader failing to be elected in his or her constituency. If the party in ...
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1answer
36 views

UK MPs being in the Armed Services

The BBC list of likely contenders for the upcoming Labour leadership bid says of Dan Jarvis: elected MP [...] having resigned his commission as a major in the Parachute Regiment to contest the seat.. ...
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52 views

Is the current political system inadequate for the size of our population? [closed]

Although I don't know much about politics, I do know that the history of democracy as a system of governance stretches right back to Ancient Greeks. Which makes me question whether a new system is ...
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1answer
88 views

Can a country take over another?

Could a country legally take control over another country? If one country is falling economically and politically, what will happen if one nation takes control and merges the two nations together? Are ...
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202 views

What are the arguments in favor of the “first past the post” system?

With the election results in the UK election finishing up, a lot of people have pointed out that the number of seats some of the parties got in parliament is far disproportionate to their vote share. ...
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77 views

What if a party loses its majority in the Commons, midway through a term?

After a general election, the party with a majority of seats in the House of Commons gets to form the next Government. With a few exceptions, elections end with one party having a majority. Usually, ...
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242 views

How accurate is the horseshoe theory?

From Wikipedia, "The horseshoe theory in political science asserts that rather than the far left and the far right being at opposite and opposing ends of a linear political continuum, they in fact ...
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1answer
48 views

What are the President's responsibilities in executing judicial order?

In this interview with NewsMax, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was asked what he would do to preserve traditional marriage if the Supreme Court were to recognize marriage equality ...
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117 views

If a country leaves the European Union, would also leave the European Economic Area?

In the event of some member country supporting leaving the EU, would that mean that the country would stop participating in the EEA? Other countries participate in it, despite not being EU members. ...
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1answer
40 views

What was the rational for Jim Prentice calling an early election?

So Canada just witnessed the epic fall of the Progressive Conservative (PC) empire in Alberta, who had ruled over the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for a solid 44 years uninterrupted, and it all ...
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Could a single MK bring down a 61-MK coalition?

The 20th Knesset seems to be heading for a 61-MK coalition. (see here) If a single MK from one of the parties in the coalition decides to transfer to a party in the Opposition, would that cause the ...
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1answer
101 views

Is it possible for Iran to become democratic country by itself?

Many people hold the view that Iran is ruled by a supreme leader though many Iranians think their political system is the best in the middle east. In fact the youngest generation strongly desire to ...
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1answer
45 views

Does the Outer Space Treaty expire?

I recently read an article on the New York Times that talks about China's interests in Antarctica, and it mentions that the Antarctic Treaty (created in 1959) expires in 2048: But Mr. Xi’s visit ...
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108 views

If the UK left the EU, would that affect people in the UK who work for German companies? [closed]

If the UK were to leave the EU, would it have any noticeable impact on my working life due to the fact that I work in the UK for a German company? Edit for clarification: I am UK born and bred
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1answer
43 views

Does the media influence how voters vote in elections?

Do the mainstream media pander towards the political perspectives of their target audience, or do they attempt to influence their readers' votes towards specific political parties? I am especially ...
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1answer
61 views

UK: What is the significance of Labour ruling out a confidence and supply deal with the SNP in the 2015 General Election?

Assume that Labour and the SNP collectively hold enough seats to form a majority. If Labour can make the assumption that the SNP will, of their own accord, choose not to bring down a Labour ...
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1answer
67 views

Countries with loose regulations [closed]

I'm writing a story about a villain (as some would call him) or antihero (as he would prefer to be called), somewhat similar to Adrian Veidt, who needs to buy a few hundred acres of land to set up ...
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43 views

What consequences are there for withdrawing an ambassador?

Is the withdrawal of an ambassador, such as has happened to Indonesia, a purely symbolic action, or does it have practical effects?
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80 views

What is Economic Populism?

I saw an article this morning on NBC declaring that Economic Populism Will Be Front And Center for 2016 Elections. It goes into detail about why this will be such an important issue in the coming ...
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187 views

Do any MPs have maths degrees?

I have looked online but I can't find the answer to this question. Did any MPs (elected representatives in the UK Parliament, stands for Members of Parliament) from the election term just finished ...
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How to distribute asylum applicants more evenly in Europe?

Sweden has 8.4 asylum applicants per 1000 residents whereas Hungary, the second ranking European country, has only ~4. Most other European countries have 0-2 asylum applicants per 1000 residents ...

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