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What incentivizes governments to address problems the public is ignorant about, such as superbacteria or open DNS servers?

Before I started researching politics, I assumed that what incentivizes governments to solve problems is democracy. However, the deeper I dive into politics, it seems to me more and more that's not ...
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What power do minority parties have in state legislatures?

I live in a state where it is taken for granted that one party will be in the majority in the state legislature and the governor will always be a member of that party. The specific district I live in ...
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Have any theorists argued it is undemocratic to try to influence other people’s votes?

I have been exploring a deconstruction of the trope of “democracy” which may possibly have 2 (initially) independent axes: A statistical computation of the “free will events” of the populace, where a ...
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TINA problem in democracies: has it been studied? [closed]

Many modern democracies seem to have the TINA problem : There Is No Alternative. For example, in the US - its Biden vs Trump. TINA anyone else. In India, its either corrupt Modi or a coalition of ...
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To what extent can citizens of democracies be held responsible for the acts of their governments?

The United States has often the case used the justification of removing a dictator as a reason to go to war. This has inflicted untold suffering onto the peoples of many nations. This brings into ...
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Is there any country that fully uses paperless ballot?

Without a paper audit trail, it can be difficult to detect errors or breaches in the voting machine’s software or hardware, possibly allowing an incursion into American voting systems to go unnoticed. ...
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Which democratic countries / states don't recognise Israel de facto or de jure (the Economist democracy Index)?

Re the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish nation, what are the countries that deny Israel either de facto or de jure and are democracies, defined by being at least 6.00+ on the economist democracy ...
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How serious is the uncommitted movement against Biden's Gaza policy?

How the uncommitted vote against Biden’s Gaza policy is going 'national' Washington, DC – The organisers of Listen to Michigan — an effort to protest Joe Biden’s policy towards Israel’s war in Gaza — ...
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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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Why do Russians vote when the elections are rigged?

An election recount is underway in one Russian district after President Vladimir Putin failed to win the vote there, according to local reports. In fact, one of Putin's political rivals in the recent ...
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Should citizens of a federal republic be frustrated with complicated foreign aid package deals like the recent US Foreign Aid bill? [closed]

In the U.S., Congress sometimes passes complicated package deals like the recent US Foreign Aid bill. There’s some stuff in there I cannot imagine getting through without being packaged up like this ...
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Has the public in the individual member countries of NATO been consulted when approving new members into NATO?

As we know, Finland has recently joined NATO, and Sweden is currently in the process of joining NATO. There were also episodes of NATO expansions in the past. When a pending expansion is about to ...
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In democratic countries, what people do to oppose the incumbent who orders not to allow his opponent to participate in elections? [duplicate]

In Russia, today the second most popular condidate after Putin, with a pro-peace position, Nadezhdin, was not allowed to participate in election by vote of the electoral commission. What happens in ...
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Is democracy possible in a country with a relatively low-educated population?

Many people consider democracy the best system of government. We all know the famous quote from Winston Churchill: Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and ...
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Why the international media & certain section of the people are calling Ram Mandir inaugration in India as end of democracy & secularism? [closed]

A lot of international media & certain section of the people are calling Ram Mandir inaugration as end of democracy & secularism. Which makes me question their reasons behind that statement. ...
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Which is the most recent European country that joined the EU without a referendum?

Twice, in 1972 and in 1994, the Norwegian government had tried to join the EU (still the EEC, in 1973) and by doing so, leave the EFTA. However, both the times, the membership of the EU was rejected ...
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Is there a term for direct issue voting?

Is there a term for a form of democracy that allows with online technologies (such as blockchain) to vote on micro-issues directly, for instance on placing of a bus stop in a city, etc? I am ...
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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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Do any parliaments exclude the opposition?

Reading about the clashes between the governing coalition and the opposition in NZ Parliament like this makes me wonder: Since the governing coalition got the majority sufficient to make binding ...
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Are there any examples of a king or dictator choosing to give up power by moving towards a more democratic governmental system?

I'm looking for examples, if any, where the head of a government actively strove to move towards a more democratic system, despite doing so requiring them to give up personal power. I'd accept any ...
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Parliamentary Democratic Debate versus Party-line/Party-whip [duplicate]

In parliaments, before voting on some bill, law, or policy, there are debates, where supporters and opposers highlight various thoughts. Then the voting is conducted. Now, there is always the "...
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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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Can the U.S. president suspend any government officials given a good enough reason?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday suspended the minister from a far-right party in the coalition government and from cabinet meetings “until further notice”. https://www.aljazeera....
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What kind of amendment can oblige multiple political parties, and repair the unintended two-party malfunction of the constitution?

The founding fathers did not foresee that the constitution would foster a two-party political system that is radical, inflexible and deadlocked. There is probably little political will to reform it ...
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What is the best country according to Popper's criterion? [closed]

Karl Popper judges a system of government by how it removes bad leaders and bad policies without violence. What would be the ranking of political systems of countries in the world according to this ...
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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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What makes political asylum case "strong"?

What constitutes "strong case" that persuades people to grant political asylum to people requesting it? Does it usually have to elicit more public outrage because of blood, tortures and ...
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What are some means that multi-party coalitions can use to ensure that they are held as accountable as possible?

The literature on comparative political institutions highlights a tradeoff between majoritarian/plurality and proportional/consensus models of democracy. The former arrangement is said to enhance ...
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What is the relationship between Gov't economic policies/performance & collective action

Based on my reading of polsci and econ literature, I believe there is an extensive literature studying how collective action (e.g., through labor strikes or occupation groups) can influence economic ...
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Are there prominent persons who expressed a believe that a government run by people chosen by sortition is more effective than a typical democracy?

Wikipedia's page on the history of sortition explained that some people believe that sortition solves the problems associated with representative democracies. Are there any scholars, politicians, ...
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Which democratic country has the strictest laws concerning political lobbying?

Second, lobbying in Singapore is restricted through the strict regulation of both political donations and election expenditure as well as limited campaigning time. This is to avoid what has happened ...
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What is the difference between left communism and anarcho-communism?

I was reading about the term tankie on Wikipedia and it lead me to other terms such as red fascism and left communism. The Wikipedia articles on Left Communism and Left Communists (Weimar Republic) ...
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Democracy as a means for growth progress [duplicate]

Is there any correlation beten democracy and development/progress. If yes is it by data(interpolating democratic countries vs Human development index etc.) Or using deductive reasoning (conclusion ...
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Are there legal ways to end a democracy?

It seems to me that if the majority of people want to end democracy it is still not possible. Is there a self destruct mechanism for democracy?
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When the majority votes against someone [closed]

Background Mr. X has recently joined a group of friends. The group voted that Mr. X has to buy lunch for the group. The group had two arguments: They argued that it's according to democracy and the ...
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Is there any practical way to bring the military generals under accountability in Pakistan?

A huge number of people in Pakistan see the military as the savior of the country. There is a popular opinion inside Pakistan that the Pakistan Military's dominance must exist as long as the Indian ...
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Why is Singapore placed so low in the democracy index?

Singapore has one of the lowest scores in the democracy index among OECD developed countries. It has always been. Why is that?
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Eligibility criteria to become the prime minister of India and what is "office of profit"?

Eligibility According to Article 84 of the Constitution of India, which sets the principle qualification for member of Parliament, and Article 75 of the Constitution of India, which sets the ...
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Exploring the causal mechanisms between democratization and economy growth

I have been reading a lot recently on a classic polsci question on the relationship between democratization and economic outcomes(see Boix & Stokes, 2003; Coppedge, in press; Epstein, Bates, ...
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Are there other countries that subscribe to the same definition of democracy as China?

The debate over democracy in China has been a major ideological battleground in Chinese politics since the 19th century. China is not a liberal democracy. The Chinese government and the Chinese ...
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What are some progressive critiques of the concept of democracy and human rights?

I have traced a philosophical line of thought in my mind that “human rights” as commonly defined (and also “democracy”) may suffer a kind of disjunction between their “statutory” and “purposive” ...
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Are the reasons why the NED chose to fund a certain organization made publicly available?

NED is a grant-making foundation, distributing funds to private non-governmental organizations for promoting democracy abroad in around 90 countries. Half of NED's funding is allocated annually to ...
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What all has to happen in post-2023 election Thailand before it can have a new prime minister?

After some surprisingly strong support for "change" seen ...on 14 May 2023 to elect 500 members of the House of Representatives... Wikipedia's 2023 Thai general election; Government ...
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To what extent (if any) does Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi answer reporters' questions, or at least appear to?

CNN's June 22, 2023 Biden makes trade-offs and Modi steps out of his comfort zone during elaborate state visit at White House includes the following: But Modi, for one of the only times since he ...
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Is there a reason beyond protection from potential corruption to restrict a minister's ability to personally relieve and appoint civil servants?

In democracies like the UK, where ministers have considerable executive power, these ministers are still restricted (by law or convention) in their ability to get directly involved with the work of ...
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Political system fairer than democracy? [closed]

Let's say a country has 1,400,000 citizens. Elections are held about, for example, joining the EU. 1,000,000 people decide to do A, while 300,000 people decide to B, and 100,000 decide to do C. In a ...
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Is Norway a rentier and resource-dependent country?

I have been reading a lot on the rentier state literature and have noticed that papers published in the last two decades focus on the typical rentier cases such as Saudi Arabia or Venezuela. However, ...
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Is the USA Democratic? [duplicate]

I know this sounds weird since the USA is always regarded as a democracy or a republic which means people but when I study how elections are conducted and the actual system, it doesn't sound like a ...
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Why did African Americans and Native Americans vote too oppositely on the Affirmative Action poll?

I found a tabular analysis on Wikipedia about affirmative action. It shows: "Supporters and opponents of affirmative action in California 2020". Popular Group For Affirmative Action Against ...
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Can Rahul Gandhi ask other democratic nations to intervene in their democracy?

Rahul Gandhi a sitting Member of Parliament of India who went to London and asked Europe and USA to intervene in what he sees as the collapse of democracy in India, which is a sovereign nation. Isn't ...
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