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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.

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Freedom of Speech and Assembly in China [closed]

If a group of five Chinese citizens assemble in a Beijing park with a "Democracy Now" sign (or its equivalent in Chinese characters) for a few hours every Saturday, are they likely to be arrested ...
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Is there any evidence that democracy is linked causatively with improved outcomes? [duplicate]

Is there any evidence that democracy is causatively linked with improved outcomes such as happiness and wealth? And is there any data on the nature of the link? For example: do greater levels of ...
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Is Juan Guaidó popular in Venezuela?

To me Nicolás Maduro seems to be a very poor leader. However, there's a lot of opposition to US intervention in Venezuela from groups like Code Pink,, Embassy Civilian Protection Collective, The ...
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Is there any constituency where the right to vote is based on knowledge? [duplicate]

Yes, a somewhat similar question was asked 2 years ago... Issue-Specific Knowledge Tests For Voting Let's give it another spin. Is there a place -- whether it is a country, city or even an ...
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USA — Republic or Democracy? [duplicate]

I am recalling a slogan of the John Birch Society from back, I think, in the early 60s: This is a republic, not a democracy. Let's keep it that way! Without starting partisan bickering, what ...
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Privacy of voting in India

Is the voting process in India really a private affair? Recently, an MLA belonging to the ruling party has threatened voters that Prime Minister Modi has installed cameras in the polling booth ...
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UK: Is there precedent for the government's e-petition site changing the direction of a government decision? [duplicate]

In 2006 the UK government implemented a website for 'e-petitions' to streamline the process of petitioning the government on specific issues. The problem I have with this system is that the most ...
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Why shouldn’t citizens in India elect their president?

When the Presidential election of India rolls around, The people aren’t involved in the electoral process but it is the MPs and MLA’s of the State and National Assemblies who elect the President. So ...
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Are there parliamentary republics where Supreme Court appointments are decided exclusively by the Parliament and the government?

In Israel, many political figures on the right (among them outgoing Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked and Zehut party leader and parliamentary hopeful Moshe Feiglin) say that "all over the world" ...
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What is the neutral way to establish a Democracy? [closed]

It seems to me that there is no neutral way to establish a Democracy. When there are unavoidable threats to a Dictatorship or a Monarchy , the Dictator or King (whom I will call DK in short) may call ...
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What is the oldest “true” democracy?

According to PolitiFact, the United States is the oldest democracy. However, the 26th Amendment, guaranteeing that all citizens 18 and over can vote, was only ratified in 1971 and the Voting Rights ...
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What is the difference between a one party state & non-partisan democracy?

A one-party state often in practice appears to consider that all nationals are de-facto members of the ruling party, so how is there really any difference between that & a non-partisan democracy? ...
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Are there any sources that quantify the liberal democracy shrinkage / recession?

Just caught a fragment of a political discussion on the radio and one person was telling the the liberal democracy is threatened and mentioned that some percentage related to liberal democracy ...
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Paying people not to vote at all

I have recently heard an idea from a local journalist that even surprised the moderator (greatly simplified): Pay some amount for people that do NOT vote Heuristically this should lead to better ...
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What is a corporate embassy and how does it compare to a normal one? [closed]

The NY Times reports that Facebook opened a "corporate embassy" in China I'm wondering What does a government embassy do? What laws typically apply to it? How does that compare to the power and ...
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The philosophy of technocracy

When designing a democratic governance model you need to decide how/when/if decisions should be exposed to a popular vote. Deciding automotive crash test standards (edit: poor example) some standards ...
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Are there rules about the position an MP should take on an issue?

As far as I know the UK is a representative democracy. I think this means small co-located populations send representatives to a central Parliament to act on their behalf in the legislature. So ...
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Democratic legitimacy in the Westminster system

This is a question about how effectively the public can endanger an MP's job at a General Election. The Westminster system enables the public to campaign for or against any MP-candidate in any ...
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What is the most effective way to participate democratically as a regular citizen in a stable parliamentary democracy? [closed]

I live in Germany as a regular citizen. That means, i am not an political activist (at the moment) or otherwise involved in political processes. In my opinion, the German politicians are going in the ...
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What does Zimbabwe need to do to become a colony again?

I am a Zimbabwean and I believe that the only way my country can move out of the economic mess we are in is not through politics. But simply giving away the country to anyone/any country that may be ...
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Why do dictators give such long speeches?

As reported in The Economist this week: Nicolás Maduro was sworn in for a second term as Venezuela’s president. He then gave a speech which lasted nearly four hours. Four hours! Fidel Castro was ...
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Does liberal democracy require a significant amount of free-will in order to function?

In one of his articles/books, Yuval-Noah-Harari argues that liberal democracy might be obsolete if human agency is greatly reduced by technology: Information technology is continuing to leap ...
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What is the opposite of libertarian?

Left/Right labels in politics seem insufficient to address the differences in politics today, and adding prefixes like far-left or alt-right seems to simply exaggerate problems. I've seen more ...
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Why do governments of developed countries care about mass protests?

In developing countries, a mass protest could reasonably end up in the local politicians finding themselves in jail or worse, such as what happened in 2011 to Qaddafi. On the other hand, the ...
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Leading of National Assembly in case of absence

Who will be the presiding officer of National Assembly when both speaker and deputy speaker are absent in the National Assembly of Pakistan??
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When is voting bad for democracy? [duplicate]

Edit: The question here isn't attempting to determine when a democratic vote or process is necessary or correct. Here it is trying to point to indicators that a voter might notice that would cause ...
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How can the common citizen defend democracy principles? [closed]

There is this question bugging me for a while now. I can't really state it other than the title of this question. What do I mean by that? It seems to me that, besides going to vote once every 4-5 ...
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Why are there so few impeachments in western democracies and so many votes of no confidence?

Impeachment seems to be presidential democracy's equivalent of parliamentary democracies' votes of no confidence. Why such a large disparity in numbers of them then?
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Why do UK citizens feel “that only the British (and perhaps the Swiss) are properly democratic”? [closed]

Why do UK citizens feel "that only the British (and perhaps the Swiss) are properly democratic"? Please the bolded phrases below in the quotes for illustrations: Gary Gibbon, First-class BA ...
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National Reconciliation Ordinance (2007) [closed]

In Pakistan constitution General Pervaiz Musharraf introduces the NRO (2007)and in other countries it’s a possible to give NRO to the politicians ?? And if it is possible how many countries have been ...
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Is a second EU Referendum undemocratic?

People often say a second referendum is undemocratic. The first referendum was partially based on incorrect/dishonest information. After over two years of the general public viewing the government ...
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What's the difference between democratic republics and republics? [closed]

According to Democracy vs Republic In a Republic, All eligible citizens get equal say in decisions with protection of unalienable rights to individuals and Most modern nations—including ...
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Is Erdogan seen as a potential dictator in Turkey?

An interesting analogy made by Visual Politik in this video claims that: [Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the] "Anakin Skywalker of politics, he started out as the good guy in the movie but we all know ...
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Does the populist rise in Europe prove that intra-party democracy is not working?

Each party (including German and Nordic social democratic parties) has its own inner democratic election system which elects the party leaders and which proposes and changes the program of the party. ...
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Do American voters tend to vote themselves a raise?

One common objection to more democracy is that given control of government, the winning coalition will decide to pay themselves more---whether through tax cuts, public projects, subsidies, or ...
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Is there a list showing the last time each country had a peaceful transition of government?

According to a paper on the definition of democracy: The simplest definition of democracy has been given by Karl Popper: a system that makes it possible to get rid of a government without spilling ...
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Does being an informed voter always lead to good outcome? [closed]

As what the title have stated, is it always sufficient for citizens to be an informed voter to make correct voting decision for the country? Is there any real life cases whereby well-informed citizen ...
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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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Has this campaign strategy been tried anywhere before?

I was thinking of a localized direct/representative democracy hybrid, in which a local politician (thinking US House Rep for reference as the best balance of reach and scope here) holds a "referendum ...
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Is there any unwritten rule that high officials should cast a vote in spite of boycotting being a more ideologically appropriate option?

Romania has recently held a referendum to ban gay unions that eventually failed despite extended voting period (two days instead of only one). The reason of its failure was the low voter turnout (...
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Why was the arrangement made for Hong Kong to have 50 years of autonomy?

Hong Kong is entitled to a "high degree of autonomy" for 50 years which will end in 2047. Why was this agreement made and what was the thought process behind it? In my view it's a ticking time bomb ...
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How democratic was Venezuela when Hugo Chavez was elected?

How democratic was Venezuela when Hugo Chavez was elected? Freedom of speech? Level of corruption? Rule of law?
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What kind of government did Tocqueville consider the United States?

In Democracy in America does Tocqueville consider the United States a democracy, or does he have more nuanced views about the United States's form of government?
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Why didn't Orestes Brownson think that the “American form” of government is a “Mixed Government”?

In The American Republic: Its Constitution, Tendencies, and Destiny (1865), Orestes Brownson claims (ch. 1 introduction): Aristotle* knew only four forms of government: Monarchy, Aristocracy, ...
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Do wrong beliefs threaten democracy? [closed]

According to this video (from @3:05 to 3:40), Neil deGrasse Tyson says believing in something that is wrong threatens democracy. But this... but this whole thing-- it's just a symptom of a larger ...
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Leading readings of the Guarantee Clause of the US Constitution

One of the many evergreen arguments in US politics is the nature of the Federal Government, whether it is a republic or a democracy. Part of the issue is that it is never explicitly stated in the ...
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Why don't politicians get fact checked immediately? [closed]

In this age of information and mobile phones with Google in our pocket, I ask myself, and hereby you: Why don't politicians get fact checked immediately? I guess that a lot of what a politician says ...
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Why do one party states hold elections? [duplicate]

A comment on this question led me to think. Why do one party states hold elections? And why is voter turnout so important to them?
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Should mentally retarded people be allowed to vote in a Democratic system? [closed]

I have respect to all the disabled people. The purpose of this question is to understand who is qualified to vote in a Democratic system. I hope nobody gets me wrong. We know democracy allows all ...
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Can IMF encourage countries to Democracy in exchange of loans?

In conclusion of this paper it is mentioned that: There is a robust and positive relationship between democracy and economic growth We know that, the final goal of IMF is to establishing peace, ...