Questions tagged [democracy]

For questions about democracy, a system of government in many countries involving citizens voting, as opposed to dictatorships and other forms of government where normal people don't have control of what it does.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
15 votes
4 answers
1k views

Why are democracy and liberalism correlated?

For the purposes of this question, let me (loosely) define: Democracy = situation where the government is chosen by the population (using some ‘reasonable’ voting rule) Liberal state = state which ...
user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
315 views

Does this "kind" of decentralized government even have a name?

Related to the problem of political ignorance, I was thinking about a goverment system as described below, and I want to know if this or something similar even has a name ("decentralized ...
user avatar
32 votes
10 answers
7k views

What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

The US government is drowning in lobbyist that undermine the democratic power of the people in favor of wealthy corporations/oligarchs. My question is: are there any significantly successful policies ...
user avatar
  • 478
-3 votes
5 answers
322 views

What are the possible solutions for a "stupid people in large numbers" situation in a democracy? [closed]

Context It's said that "Democracy counts the heads but doesn't weigh the brains". I think there's a book with that title but I didn't read it. So, what if the less intelligent people ...
user avatar
  • 365
9 votes
3 answers
2k views

How can a direct democracy, like Rojava, protect minorities from pure majoritarianism?

In representative democracy, often people can use the monopoly of violence for a good cause by enforcing protection of minorities that are enshrined in constitutions that can be violently imposed. ...
user avatar
  • 1,139
2 votes
1 answer
71 views

What is the basis on which expats are allowed to vote in their home countries? [duplicate]

Despite being an expat (having a long-term permanent residence in a another country and not paying any taxes or similar obligations back in my country of citizenship), I still have the right to vote ...
user avatar
  • 129
-6 votes
2 answers
263 views

Is the "One Country, Two Systems" approach a viable option for Taiwan? [closed]

Why would Taiwan avoid this arrangement? Obviously, Taiwan would like to preserve its democracy, but at some point Taipei will have to reckon with the economic realities of the region and relative ...
user avatar
  • 472
8 votes
2 answers
2k views

Why are there so few democratic governments with multiple rulers?

What I mean is most governments with multiple rulers are tribal communities, dictatorships, and monarchic coalitions. Governments with multiple rulers are duumvirates/diarchies, triumvirates/...
user avatar
7 votes
1 answer
240 views

What if any role did the series "Servant of Nation" play in getting Volodymyr Zelenskyy elected as President?

It is well known that Volodymyr Zelenskyy was a television personality before he became President of Ukraine. He played the lead character in the Ukrainian television series Servant of the Nation It ...
user avatar
  • 1,036
6 votes
1 answer
338 views

Is there a process for democratic elections that would be internationally recognizable as valid?

In recent years, claims on invalid elections have been a major source of conflict. In the USA, claims on "stolen elections" have almost started a civil war. In Ukraine, one claim used by ...
user avatar
-2 votes
3 answers
259 views

Is true democracy impossible? - a theorem

Consider the following reasoning: Humans have different values and ideologies. In a democracy, there is always a group that is willing to violently impose their values and ideology over others, ...
user avatar
  • 4,944
1 vote
1 answer
132 views

Why is the scale of ethnic conflicts so different in India vs African countries. Does it have to do with democratic institutions?

India and countries of Africa are equally diverse. However almost every African country has been plagued with genocidal level ethnic conflicts and disruptive civil wars. Central African Republic for ...
user avatar
  • 1,139
2 votes
0 answers
49 views

Is Erdogan using Islam as a political tool to influence the masses or manipulate the government's foreign policy? [closed]

He right now is living like a Emperor, yes the definition here is right. Better than Putin right now. It has been said that he bought his own officials, deputies, judges, advocates etc. The country is ...
user avatar
0 votes
5 answers
507 views

Is (and why is) the original theory of socialism/communism of Karl Marx very unlikely to become the theoretical foundation of any democratic regime?

Nowadays it seems that many young people are embracing Marxism (or some sort of illusion of it. As Obie 2.0 commented below, many of them probably don't really know what the original Marxism really is)...
user avatar
  • 3,134
1 vote
1 answer
134 views

Why are term limits more lax in the legislature? [closed]

While many democratic countries impose term limits on their heads of government, legislative members usually enjoy much more lax rules, and often there is simply no term limit at all for ...
user avatar
  • 217
1 vote
3 answers
227 views

What positive tests exists for determining what countries are considered democratic?

Many nations call themselves democratic (e.g. the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, aka North Korea), but most scholars would refute the idea that they are democratic. In other cases, nations ...
user avatar
17 votes
9 answers
7k views

Why doesn't democracy show its strengths in large developing countries like BRICS?

I compared the democracy indexes of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) plus Turkey (although UN would classify Russian and Turkey into developed countries, in my opinion, they are ...
user avatar
  • 3,134
3 votes
0 answers
152 views

Is there any formal mathematical analysis of democratic peace theory? [closed]

The democratic peace theory postulates that democracies are less likely to go to war, or at least less likely to go to war with other democracies. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
user avatar
  • 291
5 votes
4 answers
345 views

What does it mean to have a "functioning democratic political system based on a market economy"?

The NATO fact sheet linked in this answer states that one prerequisite for joining NATO is a functioning democratic political system based on a market economy What does that mean? A democracy "...
user avatar
40 votes
6 answers
10k views

How do the Republicans' recent laws make it harder for Democratic voters to vote?

I read this BBC article, but it's not totally clear for me why the recent voting rights laws passed in more than a dozen Republican-controlled state legislatures affect the Democratic base, but not ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
457 views

Did the Biden administration have a working definition of democracy when it chose which countries to invite to its "democracy summit"?

The New York Times' Biden Rallies Global Democracies as U.S. Hits a ‘Rough Patch’ The president kicked off his summit as critics questioned the guest list and whether the United States could be an ...
user avatar
  • 11.5k
27 votes
3 answers
4k views

What exactly is China's "whole-process people's democracy"? In what ways does it function "democratically" based on traditional definitions?

CNN's China claims its authoritarian one-party system is a democracy -- and one that works better than the US says: In his keynote speech, Huang Kunming, the ruling Communist Party's propaganda tsar, ...
user avatar
  • 11.5k
2 votes
1 answer
172 views

Is Corporatocracy a result of Corporatism?

The way I understand it so far (and I could be wrong so fact-checking appreciated): capitalism can lead to corporatism, which can lead to corporatocracy? The nuances are tricky and have lots of ...
user avatar
9 votes
3 answers
385 views

What are the standard safeguards against arbitrary accusations of terrorism within democratic countries?

In a democratic country, core principles such as free speech are protected against arbitrary retaliation by the government in power (at least in theory). On the other hand, security forces evaluate ...
user avatar
  • 14.8k
3 votes
1 answer
140 views

Any active wikidemocracy projects post-2019?

I have been reading about this form of electronic democracy called wikidemocracy. The article on wikipedia talks about attempts to implement Wikidemocracy in 2011, but it doesn't mention any modern ...
user avatar
  • 4,764
8 votes
4 answers
399 views

How do democracies other than the US handle changes to district maps?

Every representative democracy needs to have some method of dividing up territory into districts such that the people within that district can choose someone to represent their interests to the state ...
user avatar
  • 189
3 votes
3 answers
395 views

How can the Harm Principle be adjusted to fit Social Democracy and Social Liberalism

Beyond Libertarianism: Interpretations of Mill's Harm Principle and the Economic Implications Therein The harm principle does not stipulate strict rights of the individual, applied uniformly. To ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
182 views

Is there any intuitive explanation for "audience cost "?

From wikipedia, I saw the explanation for "audience cost" The term was popularized in a 1994 academic article by James Fearon where he argued that democracies carry greater audience costs ...
user avatar
-2 votes
9 answers
1k views

Why don't other countries try to emulate the United States? [closed]

(Apologies in advance if I sound condescending or ignorant of world affairs. The former is unintentional; the latter is why I'm here.) You often hear about countries (developing nations, mostly, but ...
user avatar
-5 votes
3 answers
291 views

How it is determined, if some country is democratic? [closed]

It's interesting for me, how it is decided by western community. For example, we have country "A" (imagine, parliament republic), which holds elections. Note also, that it's not about "...
user avatar
7 votes
5 answers
431 views

Is democracy inherently anti-authoritarian?

I read a question asking if communism was inherently authoritarian as it is often portrayed. President Nixon often talked about countries being either communist or free. Is democracy always the ...
user avatar
  • 1,986
7 votes
1 answer
346 views

Which President has had the greatest number of their actions ruled unconstitutional?

Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus and the court ruled that it wasn’t within his authority, I am wondering which President did the most things that the Supreme Court explicitly ruled were ...
user avatar
  • 1,986
9 votes
1 answer
1k views

Why didn’t the Framers of the US Constitution clarify who has the power to suspend habeas corpus?

It seems awfully strange to mention a very strong power, that if used improperly could destroy American democracy, and not say who can invoke it. Why?
user avatar
  • 1,986
5 votes
1 answer
210 views

Are voters in the US generally aware of how and when their congressional representatives are being whipped?

I'm aware that in each house of the US congress there is a majority and minority whip tasked with, as far as I can tell from Wikipedia, voting as they are told rather than how they would choose to ...
user avatar
  • 11.5k
4 votes
8 answers
610 views

What keeps a democracy from disestablishing itself?

Assume a democracy where every person can vote. Now, if there was a party to say: "If we win, next time only all men are allowed to vote plus all women with dark hair." Let's assume that ...
user avatar
  • 173
2 votes
3 answers
491 views

Why is Biden losing the support of non-white American Democrats?

Recently, I've read an article on Reuters (emphasis mine): However, a growing number of Americans disapprove of Biden's leadership on the economy, gun violence and taxation, with the biggest decline ...
user avatar
-1 votes
4 answers
203 views

Does a stable democratic system support radical groups in real world? [closed]

As far as I know, a democratic system must allow (almost) all the people and groups to benefit from political-power. So, democracy makes sure that political-power is fairly distributed among all the ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
195 views

What policies or procedures can political parties implement to prevent a takeover by those with different standards? [closed]

Term Platform - commonly used term to describe the values, principles and standards of the political party. Issue of Concern The issue of concern is the degradation of the values, principles and ...
user avatar
8 votes
1 answer
443 views

Differences in conditions of Afghanistan in 1989 vs. now?

I'm reading news about the Taliban gaining control over the country. I remember, that Najibullah's government, which was left there by the USSR in 1989 stood for three years after Soviet troops left ...
user avatar
12 votes
3 answers
2k views

Is the US administration obligated in any way to follow previous international agreements?

Let's consider the Paris climate agreement: Trump administration led the US to exit it Biden administration led the US back to following it Or the Iran nuclear deal: Obama administration was one of ...
user avatar
-4 votes
1 answer
179 views

If the majority of people doesn't want to comply to a measure that is supposed to be taken for their own good can the measure be made obligatory? [closed]

I read the question of why vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine is not made obligatory. I think this would be different if fewer people were willing to take the vaccine. Or would this still be the ...
user avatar
3 votes
5 answers
402 views

Are there sources that try to demonstrate that democracy is just an oligarchy?

My concern is certainly both philosophical and political ...I'm looking for interesting writings ( book, article, essay, etc .. ) about a theory on similarities between known forms of democracy and ...
user avatar
32 votes
1 answer
3k views

How many current US senators are NOT from political families?

Recently, I've read an interesting article about US political dynasties: It is perhaps not very surprising that so many children of politicians go into politics. After all, it’s daddy’s business. ...
user avatar
2 votes
4 answers
508 views

Is an "enlightened public" political system a form of democracy, or of technocracy/epistocracy?

I am not sure who originally came up with this idea, but in his book Against Democracy, Jason Brennan talks about a political system he calls "simulated oracle", or an "enlightened ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
241 views

Has Marx ever addressed democracy in the context of bourgeois vs. proletariat

I was reading the first chapter of the communist manifesto and Marx seems to talk about how capitalism causes the Bourgeois versus the Proletariat (I’m not saying whether this is true or not, but ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
173 views

How do authoritarian leaders emerge under a multi-party parliamentarian system?

I'm curious if there had been an authoritarian leader who rose to power from within a multi-party parliamentarian system? To clarify the terminology: Multi-Party System: A political system where it ...
user avatar
24 votes
6 answers
6k views

Is Iran considered a democracy by the Western world?

In Iran, there is a supreme leader and a guardian council on top of the parliament. Any candidate for parliament must be approved by the supreme leader and the guardian council. Therefore, this is not ...
user avatar
  • 9,204
7 votes
1 answer
1k views

How do members of extremely large political bodies 'learn the ropes'?

The classic example is the New Hampshire State House, which is (in)famous for having an large number of members with a fairly high turnover rate, many of whom completely lack political experience and ...
user avatar
11 votes
2 answers
386 views

Empirical Evidence Regarding The Effectiveness of Writing Your Representatives

Letter writing (including email) and phone call campaigns are popular actions people are called to participate in to create pressure and change legislator behavior. It's taken as axiomatic that this ...
user avatar
2 votes
4 answers
251 views

Why is the head of juridical power not directly elected?

It is a general question about who should lead the juridical power in a democratic country, but then I can complete the question by providing an example from USA. We know that, in the democratic ...
user avatar
  • 1,162

1
2 3 4 5
8