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Tag to be used when asking for the definition of a political term

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Is the concept of nation explicitly ethnic?

Is the concept of nation explicitly ethnic? I always thought that a “nation-state” was a synonym for a sovereign country, but the Wikipedia article on the subject reads a little ambiguous. It is a ...
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Can the U.S. technically be called an oligarchy and a democracy?

I thought theoretically the U.S. could be a democracy (because people have a say in the daily workings of the government) and an oligarchy ( the president, the Supreme Court, etc... are the only ones ...
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What exactly is “hyper-partisanship”?

Though I'm not a native English speaker I've still a rough idea what hyper-partisanship is. But that's not good enough: I'm looking for some kind of definition - and not only a primitive dictionary ...
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What are the measures that define an “independent media”?

It is a term that is widely used but hardly defined. What are the elements of an independent media?
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What is the precise meaning of “controlling” a territory?

I have been reading about the situation in Syria and Iraq for several months. The word "control" gets mentioned a lot. What is its precise meaning, or in other words, when do you say that a certain ...
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Does a one-party system of government preclude it from being a Republic?

As I understand it, to be a Republic: decision makers are elected and the rule of law via is codified via a constitution. If there is but a single party, and officials are elected by the people, is ...
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The meaning of Political Apology [closed]

What is the meaning of the term "Political Apology"? What should the official rank of the announcer (President, Foreign Minister...) be? To whom should it be written (counterpart, people of ...
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Can people be “double counted” in different countries' census?

Our census bureau defines the national "population" as the number of people in the country on census day. This includes citizens, foreign students and workers, and immigrants who do not yet have ...
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Is there a name for this form of government?

What I'm thinking of is a central government that is divided into partitions, each partition designated to govern over a given field (topic, subject), and each partition having elected representatives ...
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Is there a precise definition of what a “landslide election victory” is?

E.g. in an election dominated by X parties (or candidates), is there some (even rough) threshold Y% of the votes at which we can say a certain party (or candidate) had a "landslide election victory"? ...
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'First' and 'second' houses of parliament

In a bicameral legislature, is the first house the lower house and the second house the upper house?
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What is the relationship between Regulatory Capture and Karl Marx?

I recently read the Wikipedia entry for Regulatory Capture. There was the following: The general economic concept where interest groups with disproportionate amounts of power shape public policy ...
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What exactly constitutes a “Weapon of Mass Destruction?”

There was a huge controversy because we didn't find stockpiles of chemical weapons after saying there were WMDs. Now we have charged in court people who use an IED at a marathon with using weapons of ...
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What is meant by 'Strategic Dialogue'?

John Kerry, US Secretary of State, is coming to India in the last week of June 2013 for the third strategic dialogue. He will co-chair this dialogue along with his counterpart Salman Khurshid, ...
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Is “Illegal immigrant” a legal term and will the AP's decision not to use it have a major effect?

The Associated Press decided to recommend against the use of the phrase "illegal immigrant". What is the legal term for someone who crosses a border and resides in a country that they are not ...
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What would be considered a middle class salary in the UK?

There is a lot of talk about the squeezed middle in the UK, Is class based mainly on income and if so what is considered to be a middle class salary ?
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The ideal of representative democracy [closed]

When people use the term, they generally mean: Representative democracy is a variety of democracy founded on the principle of elected people representing a group of people, as opposed to direct ...
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Is there any functional difference between “Middle East” and “Near East”?

Commonly in foreign policy debates, the countries in and around Israel are referred to as the "Middle East". I heard an expert on the topic speak as a representative of a think tank that used the term ...
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What exactly do political aides do?

Whenever you read about the history of any recent politician (or at least, American politicians) it says "They were an aide in the Clinton administration" or something similar. What exactly do these ...
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What is the difference between a nation and a state?

These terms seem to be used interchangably - what is the difference between them? Additionally, why is it that a "state" appears to be just an entity of a federal government in certain contexts - e.g....
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How is the word “populist” used in practice?

A recent answer to another question on politics.se referred to the Nolan Chart as a method for describing political affiliation. The version of the chart shown at that link describes two axes: Left-...
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What is the difference between representative and parliamentary democracy?

In the case of "representative democracy", the common sense makes you think that you elect congressmen or speakers to represent your wishes, and in the "parliamentary democracy" you do almost the same;...