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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.

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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 ...
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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 ...
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How can the strength and capacities of societies be measured and compared?

In recent international development arguments, namely Migdal, Fukuyama, Acemoglu and Robinson's works, the society's capacity is represented as a deciding factor in a country's development. As these ...
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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 ...
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Is there a movement to replace some aspects of Democracy in the United States with Corporatocracy? [closed]

There is already a long history in the United States of Corporations influencing legislation. Most notably legislation that: Directly affects their regulatory requirements (or lack thereof). Allows ...
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What is a “democratic dictatorship”, and how is it not a a contradiction in terms?

I recently read that China's constitution refers to it as "a socialist state under the people's democratic dictatorship led by the working class and based on the alliance of workers and peasants.&...
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Are autocratic countries handling COVID-19 better than democratic countries?

From the answer to one of my previous questions: It's an old saw in political science that if one wants a just society one has to surrender to having an inefficient society. Autocrats and dictators ...
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Is there a link between democracy and economic prosperity?

Is there a link between democracy and economic prosperity? Generally, democracy correlates with a good economic performance but not always. For example, why does Ghana have a high level of political ...
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Why is the House of Lords retained in a modern democracy?

Members of the House of Lords are unelected, hold their position for life, and citizens cannot remove them in any way. Leaving aside the financial aspect in maintaining this institution, the unelected ...
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Efficiency gap threshold when there are more than two candidates

I've been working on extending Stephanopoulos-McGhee's definition of the efficiency gap using the method outlined in following Stack Exchange post. It seems that extending the definition of wasted ...
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Why is India known as the largest democratic nation? [duplicate]

Why only India is regarded as the largest democracy, why not the USA or the European Union?
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Do Americans want to abolish the two-party system? If no, why not? If yes, why do they take actions that only strengthen it? [closed]

Most countries have figured out that a two-party system is pretty inefficient. One could write a book or two about why this is so, but suffice it to say that a two-party system is too coarse to ...
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When was the idea of universal adult suffrage first conceived, and by whom?

I understand that universal adult suffrage has its basis in universal manhood suffrage (1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen). It was then extended to include all adult women, ...
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Why do Democrats and Republicans ignore public opinion polls on major issues? [closed]

When polled, the majority of Americans consistently believe in (1) a national health care plan; (2) increased taxes, not fewer taxes, on the wealthy; (3) and more, not less, environmental regulation, ...
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According to political scientists, what, if anything, are the benefits of election polling to a liberal democracy?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_democracy About 3 months and a million news-years ago, the pollsters and election analysts were taking a kicking for not predicting the US elections accurately ...
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Is there a country with a bipartisan Parliament formed in a proportional election?

An idea of a bipartisan Parliament formed in a proportional election seems quite interesting to me. On one hand, in a proportional system, we vote for a party, knowing which ideas it would go forward ...
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Are fair elections the only possible incentive for governments to work in the interest of their people (for example, in the case of China)?

Why does the Chinese government rule the country not phenomenally, but better than one would expect from unelected authorities? I think it's supposed to work the following way: the officials try to ...
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Is Nepal the only example where pro-monarchy rally took place? If yes, why so?

Usually I hear pro-democracy protest, pro-democracy rallies, pro-democracy podcasts. I am seeing pro-monarchy rallies today in Nepal. Details and clarity: https://esewanews.com/hundreds-people-join-...
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Can US legitimately stop being a democracy if president will not concede? [closed]

After watching this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZWRhLW7Y8w, I was surprised that US Constitution effectively does not protect country from stop being democratic. Will actions described in ...
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What's the largest territory where all power within the jurisdiction belongs to a single elected official?

I'm looking for the largest territory (by population) which satisfies the following criteria: A single person has all the decision making power in their hands, constrained only by whatever powers are ...
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What prevents me from voting in the next USA elections? [duplicate]

I am not an USA citizen, I was not ever in the U.S. But I could visit the USA embassy any time, where I could probably get easily a tourist visa. The only reason for me to not do this, is that I have ...
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How is North Korea democratic, if there's only one party with one ideology?

How is North Korea, which is officially called the "Democratic People's Republic of Korea", democratic, if there's only one party with one ideology? Is this a moving box in a non-movable box?...
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Why so much censorship on Trump's statements? [closed]

After the 2009 Iranian presidential election, in which some people opposed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection, Hillary Clinton defended U.S. efforts to ensure that the Twitter social networking service ...
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Has a leader of a major democracy recently tried to prevent themselves from leaving after losing an election? [closed]

There is a report that US president Donald Trump may want to barricade himself in the Oval Office. But the Constitution is very specific in that the presidency terminates at noon Jan 20 in the ...
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What is going on with the constitutional court in Ukraine?

Recently, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council of Ukraine) proposing to terminate the powers of all Constitutional Court judges. It's a bit of ...
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Why am I being asked to vote?

I keep getting letters and postcards urging me to vote. It's not specifying why or for whom, just says "vote!" I keep asking myself - why are they (who?) interested in people going to vote? ...
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Does the introduction of elections and other democratic institutions contribute to social disruptions and chaos in a country with a weak state?

I am conducting a research on a historical period in Iran in which a short period of premature democratic rule by a government with low state capabilities led to social disruptions and chaos and ...
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How do governments deal with long term planning?

On current democratically elected governments the executive and legislative branches are permanently rotating, changing, sometimes to very different positions and supporting different policies. How ...
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“You can't call a country a democracy until a government has twice lost an election and given up power.” Whose quote or idea is this?

I've completed a "Moral Foundation of Politics" course on Coursera.org and there's an interesting quote that sounds like this: Schumpeterians will often say, you can't call a country a ...
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Are there any good longitudinal studies of contested elections at the national level?

No electoral result happens in a vacuum -- and worldwide analogs to current events can provide interesting insights on what may happen with upcoming global national elections in an era when the ...
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Do any other countries take as long as the US to transfer government power following an election?

In most countries with an elected government, the incumbent prime minister (or whatever the office is called) resigns shortly before the election is called, and the newly elected prime minister takes ...
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Expulsion of elected members of the legislature - where is it possible?

Are there world states which have an elected legislature, not subject to a higher authority (except the law), in which elected members can be expelled by a majority of the other elected members? That ...
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In authoritarian countries, is it more effective for protesters to make economic demands or political demands?

Context: I was involved in a discussion about the rationality of protesters in Russia. The thesis was that, given that the regime is very reluctant to give up its political control over the country, ...
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Is opposition against Lukashenko equally strong outside of Belarus cities?

On the 9th of August 2020 the country of Belarus held presidential elections. Incumbent Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected to a sixth term in office, with official results crediting him with 80 ...
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Wealth disparity between the voters and the rulers in democracies

Are there any studies looking at the disparity between the wealth of the electorate and the wealth of the rulers? I don't think that anyone would argue with the suggestion that by-and-large, the ...
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Is there a correlation between education quality and democracy quality?

In democracies, it seems to me the problems with politics and politicians is that they are forced to pander to the ignorant masses based on fear tactics, false promises, and oversimplification of ...
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Trying to find a quote on the trappings of democracy surviving even as democracy dies

I don't remember the source or the exact wording, but I remember some years ago reading a quote that Americans will continue to wave the flag, we will continue to have elections, and play the national ...
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Precincts where Clinton (and Obama) got <3% of the vote in 2016 and 2012?

I remember asking about precincts that were basically/almost 100% Democrat. Now, I want to ask about if there are (close to) 100% Republican precincts, which is the opposite question. I would guess ...
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Must parliamentary democracies hold a vote of confidence when choosing its Prime Minister?

While many parliamentarian systems require the parliament to hold a vote to confirm its Prime Minister (e.g. Germany, Ireland, Finland), that is not always the case. Here are some examples: Denmark: ...
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Why is lobbying not illegal in democracies?

Democracy is type of government formed by the people, of the people and for the people. The Lobbyist tries to influence the government, for the policies which are in favour of the interest group. ...
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How can I find case studies of harsh reactions of conservative forces in response to sweeping reforms?

I am working on New Institutional economists' theories (in particular those of North, Khan and Weingast) and I am looking for case studies of reformers miscalculating their powers and being the ...
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Can we ever truly know democracy? [closed]

So I've been doing a lot of reading mainly to do with democracy, its meanings and its histories and the problem that I keep running into is the impossibility of truly knowing democracy. If we are to ...
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Having problem in grasping a feature of Directive Principle of State Policy

I am reading 'Indian Polity' by M Laxmikanth, chapter on 'Directive Principles of State Policy'. Please explain the following Stanza with help of an example "The Supreme court has ruled many a times ...
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Is it possible to have a centrally planned economy with a democratic government?

Imagine a country with a centrally planned economy. Manufacturing, power generation, construction, industrial agriculture, transportation, Internet connection, cellular service, the entire healthcare ...
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According to political scientists and historians, what is the most effective and bloodless way to topple an authoritarian regime?

A great volume of knowledge about authoritarian regimes and revolutions has been amassed. Using that scientific knowledge, what is the best algorithm to bring down such a regime without much (any, if ...
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Is representative democracy, just evolutionary autocracy? [closed]

Autocracy is where the citizenry has no recourse to affect the laws they are governed by. Representative democracy, is a system where the citizenry has no direct recourse to affect the laws they are ...
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What are the methods by which a democratic system can suppress demagoguery and intellectualize the popular vote?

Socrates criticized democracy for its conduciveness to demagoguery and its embrace of even those votes that do not come from thoughtful and intellectual individuals. These objections are salient given ...
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Are there some international laws which are used to govern election processes in all democracies?

For example, it would be naive to suppose that all the laws of an election process in USA are the same as those in Croatia. So, it seems it is better to suppose that there are some laws specific for ...
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Is it possible for Khomeinism to be a part of a democratic system?

Modern Iran is an authoritarian theocratic republic that follows the Khomeinism political ideology. However, some followers of Khomeini believe that the Khomeinism ideology was supposed to be a ...
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Democracy Index rating of EU?

Would it be difficult to measure the EU by the Democracy Index, seeing as the EU has a parliament, elections, laws, a currency, a supreme court and a central bank? What challenges are there for the ...

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