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How Islamic are the policies of the gov't of Tajikistan, compared to that of Chechnya?

According to Western sources, Putin has managed to keep a lid on Chechnya by allowing Kadyrov a large degree of political autonomy in internal matters, which resulted in a significant 'Islamization' ...
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Why is the Swiss Political Model not Replicated / Proposed Elsewhere?

Switzerland is generally recognized as a quite functional and prosperous society. It also features a political model with quite unique features: All significant parties participate in the executive ...
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Do some countries officially limit the number of parties that can contest elections, to a number >1?

Wikipedia says that: The constitution of Somaliland only allows for the top three political parties to contest elections, to avoid the previous proliferation of clan-based parties in the 1960s. ...
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Have other countries (besides Iraq) issued arrest warrants for some [former] US presidents?

The New Arab reported that Last year [2022], Iraq's judiciary issued an arrest warrant for former US president Trump for ordering the assassination of Soleimani and Muhandis. Did the judiciary in ...
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Did the super-centralized model of democracy that the US promoted in Afghanistan (with no local/regional elections etc.) work well anywhere?

One of the perhaps lesser known facts about the [now fallen] Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is that the model of democracy promoted by the US there was quite unlike what they did in Iraq nearly ...
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Have any [other] countries fired 50% [or more] of government workers (say over the course of one year)?

According to Reason magazine: Since taking office in December, Milei has cut the number of government ministries from 18 to eight and fired over 50 percent of all government workers. I'm curious: ...
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Which European countries have laws that closely resemble the Russian law against discrediting the armed forces?

European countries have a more restrictive interpretation of free speech than the US in some regards, e.g. many criminalize Holocaust denial etc. Are there some European countries whose laws (in that ...
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What range of rules are used in major democracies to limit candidate eligibility for high office?

These two recent questions partially cover the "who is eligible to stand for office" question: Is there a precedent in Western countries where a state court has prohibited a candidate from ...
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Is there a poll in Germany on perceptions whether the antisemitism label is correctly used in the German political discourse?

I stumbled upon this US poll (conducted by U. of Maryland & Ipsos in June 2023) containing some questions on the public perceptions of the correct use of the antisemitism label, but also having ...
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Are there any wars other than the 2023 Israel-Hamas War that are named after a country and a political party?

Background The 2023 Israel–Hamas war is referred to in the Western media as "the Israel-Hamas war". All Western commentators I've seen, including military experts, journalists, and political ...
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Comparative study of party discipline in democratic countries

I am looking for a study comparing the strength of party discipline in all democratic countries. Ideally, I would like to see a list of all democratic countries, sorted by the strength of party ...
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Are there prior examples when a US president was strongly at odds with the grassroots of his party over a foreign policy issue?

Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, Nov 15: More than two-thirds of Americans support a ceasefire in Israel’s war on Gaza, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll whose results were released on ...
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Besides Jamaica, are there other countries where a "Labour" (or Workers' etc.) party is actually right-wing/conservative?

Wikipedia: The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is one of the two major political parties in Jamaica, the other being the People's National Party (PNP). While its name might suggest that it is a social ...
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Are people in other countries besides Egypt boycotting Western brands, as a result of the war in Gaza?

The New Arab wrote on Nov 3: Egyptian consumer goods have, in recent days, flourished as a direct result of a massive boycott campaign targeting the sales of Western products amid an ongoing Israeli ...
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Among democratic countries, which central bank is the least autonomous?

While operating with some degree of autonomy, the PBC does not have central bank independence and is politically required to implement the policies of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).[20] The CCP ...
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Did any Prime Ministers go on strike before?

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/10/23/europe/iceland-women-strike-scli-intl/index.html Women across Iceland – including the prime minister – will go on strike Tuesday as part of a campaign pushing for ...
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Which countries (besides China) have called for an "immediate ceasefire" in Gaza?

AFP reported that: China's foreign ministry said Wednesday it was "shocked by and strongly condemns" a strike on a hospital in Gaza that killed hundreds, calling for an "immediate ...
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Have any countries besides France banned pro-Palestine demonstrations recently?

Reuters reports: French police used teargas and water cannon to break up a banned rally in support of the Palestinian people in Paris on Thursday, as President Emmanuel Macron urged the French to ...
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How common is it for countries to draft directly from prison?

According to RFERL Russian legislation currently forbids the military to register convicted prisoners for the draft or call them up for duty. But last month, the Defense Ministry submitted a proposal ...
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Apples-to-apples comparison of the public debt structure in the US vs. China

I'm looking for a comparison (i.e. two pie charts) of the public debt structure in the US vs. China. I can easily find data on the [hidden] municipal debt problem in China (as it's been repeatedly in ...
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Are there other (contemporary) examples of failed coup-proofing [by creating multiple armed forces] resulting in a civil war?

According to an MIT political scientist, the current clashes in Sudan are an example of failed coup-proofing, meaning that multiple centres of military power were created in order to create a [...
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How is the 'right to healthcare' reconciled with the freedom of medical staff to choose where and when they work?

Medical staff consisting of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, etc... The reason for asking is because there doesn't seem to be any theoretical explanations reconciling these competing rights. (At ...
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How does France compare to other countries with respect to police brutality?

Recently France has seen some massive protests against Macron’s pension law. Most of these protests are peaceful, but unavoidably there was some violence, especially since Macron decided to bypass ...
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What Are The Exact Differences Between The US Judicial System And The Proposed Israeli Judicial Reform, In Terms Of Checks And Balances

The Israeli Judicial Reform plan is still in the making, so changes to the precise rules of the proposal are expected. But the basic ideas of it are as follows: According to the current law, some ...
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How radical are the SNP's proposals on gender recognition?

As regards the proposals being put forward by the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) for a change in Scots law, making recognition of gender change available to anyone over the age of 16, with no ...
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Are there other countries besides Türkiye that insist their name be written in English using diacritics (or even other letters) not common in English?

Regarding Türkiye's campaign to have their name changed (from Turkey) in foreign languages, it struck me as a bit unusual to insist on the umlaut-ed ü, since English doesn't normally have that ...
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What are the laws, rules and regulations that make South Korea more technocratic than the United States?

In Asia, they already do. From Taiwan to South Korea to Singapore, doctors, engineers, and other professionals occupy the top rungs of elected office and functional agencies. In these countries, ...
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Are there countries in Europe where there's a 10% (or similar, but low) numeric threshold for minority language rights?

The ill-fated 2012 languages law in Ukraine (proposed by the Party of Regions, but eventually found unconstitutional by Ukraine's supreme court) allowed the use of minority languages in courts, ...
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Has the WTO adjudicated any disputes in which unofficial trade barriers were alleged?

In a recent case against China, the EU alleges that various "errors" have started to pop up in the processing Lithuanian goods by the Chinese customs. However, no explicit Chinese laws or ...
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Why is Poland demanding $1.3 trillion in reparations from Germany, but not $x trillions from Russia?

It's a safe assumption that Russia won't pay a dime. However, comparing 5+ years of German vs 's 50-ish years of Russian occupation, couldn't Poland make a point about the colonial damaged caused by ...
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Do Muslim countries other than Pakistan officially protest when there are anti-Muslim riots in India? More so than "the West"?

As a companion to this question are there examples of official protests (or calls for investigations etc.) by Muslim countries other than Pakistan when anti-Muslim riots happen in India? Most ...
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What are the commonalities among the top performers on Corruption Perception Index?

According to 2021 Corruption Perception Index produced by Transparency International, these are the top performers: Denmark Finland New Zealand Norway Singapore Sweden Switzerland Netherlands ...
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Does Hindutva have a concept roughly equivalent to Sharia and do they push for it to be included in the constitution?

In many countries with a Muslim majority the constitution mentions at least Islam or both that and Sharia. And inclusion of the latter is often a plank of some Islamist parties e.g. Contrary to Egypt,...
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What's the longest speech by a sitting US president?

According to History.com Ironically, the man with the shortest White House tenure delivered the longest inaugural address in history, which may have been his undoing. This first presidential speech, ...
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Does Castro hold the record for re-election speech length, among heads of government/state?

According to Reuters: Castro holds the record for the longest speech ever delivered to the United Nations: 4 hours and 29 minutes, on Sept. 26, 1960, according to the U.N. website. One of his longest ...
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What are the similarities and differences between the present Taiwan and Donbas political dilemmas? [closed]

The American Congress’ Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has today (2/8/22) landed in Taiwan, against China’s wishes. China is therefore about to start “live fire” military ...
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How does the Russian invasion of Ukraine compare with the Vietnam War? [closed]

Wars have occurred between different countries and alliances since Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Surely there must be something we can learn by comparing different conflicts? ...
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Examples when a country engaged in military operation in another one passed a law essentially inviting the citizens of the latter to become its own?

According to al-Jazeera, today Putin signed a decree that: “all citizens of Ukraine” be given “the right to apply for admission to the citizenship of the Russian Federation in a simplified manner”. ...
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GDP per capita of areas formerly belonging to East Germany vs those of northern England

The BBC wrote (at beginning of Feb) regarding UK's "levelling up" plan: The problem that the government seeks to solve with its "levelling up" agenda is clear - the fact that the ...
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Why can Canada’s parliament vote (on gun laws), but even when a single party controls both the U.S. House and Senate a change is all but impossible?

An article today discusses the difference between the U.S. and Canadian political systems and claims to answer a simple question, but the main issue remains unanswered. Why can Canada’s parliament ...
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How much revenue do governments generate from fines, penalties, etc.?

Recently, I got a fine from the Dutch government for forgetting to pay my taxes on time. I wonder how much revenue governments generate through fines of various sorts, like speeding tickets or ...
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Why is abortion such a central issue in US politics, but not in the UK?

In Britain (excl Northern Ireland) a country close in many respects to the US - in terms of religious history, society, status of women, medical ethics etc abortion is rarely a political issue. The ...
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How did consumer gas prices change in Latvia relative to Germany, following the substantial reduction of Russian imports in Latvia 2015-2021?

The 3 Baltic countries have announced that they apparently import zero Russian gas now. More interestingly, this was a gradual reduction, e.g. In 2015, nearly 100 per cent of Lithuania's gas supplies ...
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What academic journals in political science have the highest impact factor? [closed]

I am in school for engineering and work as a programmer but I'm almost always reading about politics/philosophy/economics/sociology outside school. However the sources I get my information from the ...
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What is the difference between the classic Taliban and TTP?

What is the difference between the Taliban who is ruling the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and TTP (Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan)? Do they have any relationship? Do they have any common goal? Are ...
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Are There Countries Beside The USA That Have Partisan Elected Officials Run Elections?

In the United States, the predominant election administrators are county clerks elected as partisan elected officials, and state level secretaries of state, who are elected as partisan elected ...
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Why did some places with a large population become states within a country when other places with smaller populations became countries of their own?

With a population of over 200 million, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has a much larger population than most EU countries(eg: Switzerland has approx 9 mil population). Why is it that small places ...
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Are there countries where being non-vaccinated disqualifies you from "standard" health insurance coverage (for that particular disease)?

Reading the latest news on Greece imposing fines on the non-vaccinated: "It's not a punishment," Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told his cabinet in a televised meeting. "I ...
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Why doesn't the US have party discipline?

Two Senators are refusing to vote for Joe Biden's infrastructure bill, so I was wondering why the U.S does not have a party discipline system. As the name suggests, if a majority of people in a party ...
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How do UK leaders explain that their country suffered a contraction similar to that of Italy and France rather than that of US or Canada, last year?

CNN recently mentioned that: the UK economy suffered a bigger contraction than any other G7 country last year at 9.8% Wondering how the rest of G7 fared in more concrete terms, I found an older ...
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