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Soviet funding for Communists

Russia has spent over $300 million on influencing foreign elections since 2014, US officials say How does this amount compare with the money that the USSR spent on supporting various communist parties ...
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The paradox of majority power vs. contracts

For this question, let us assume that the only principle we care about in public decision making is majority power: the majority of citizens should be able to do whatever they want. There seems to be ...
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Why do the "Free World" oppose any system other than western form of democracy?

I have an impression that the Free World, in principle, is opposed to any system of government other than the Western form of democracy. At least the leader of the free world, the USA, likes to ...
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Political terminology or example for a leader making their crime a norm by highlighting an opponent's small mistakes?

Let's say that politician A is a corrupt person. His opponent is a moral guy with an honest reputation. The reputation of politician A is badly affected when a news story breaks about his corruption. ...
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Are monarchies like Kuwait authoritarian, autocratic, constitutional monarchies, or mixed political systems?

I am trying to find a clear conceptual difference in terms of how different monarchies are defined or classified. For example, let's consider three countries with monarchies: Kuwait, UAE, and Norway. ...
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Why is the US listed as a "flawed democracy" in the Democracy Index?

I was reading Wikipedia's Democracy Index and it shows the United States as a "Flawed Democracy". Reading in more detail, the article points out that the US has low scores in "...
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Apart from democratic republics, are there any other types of govt that elect representatives?

Apart from democratic republics, where a democratic republic is defined as a country that is effectively 'rule of the many', mostly through elected representatives, there any other types of ...
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What research has been done into "emotion-driven" politics?

Byung-Chul Han and other authors have pointed out that political discourses are undergoing a transmutation from the style prevailing in the 1980s to the current one, where post-truth, emotion and ...
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What is the point in having a democracy if it is unable to elect the smartest people? [closed]

Check this answer: https://politics.stackexchange.com/a/11185/32479 The government is supposed to be representative of its people. If the people are a bunch of idiots then the government should ...
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How can democracy not be the rule of the poor?

Democracies are based on political equality. All individuals have equal weight in electing representatives. Parallel to the process of bringing individuals into the political arena of equal footing, ...
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Is democratic politics a force of unity? [closed]

Democracy involves competition among various political parties. Parties are partial and partisan. Their competition tends to divide any society. Is it correct to say that democratic politics is a ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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/...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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)...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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/...
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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 "...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 "...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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