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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 such as republicanism, where the people only have indirect authority through the ceding of power to elected representatives.

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Why US voted against anti-Nazi resolution?

Recently, there was a voting (similar to the old one) in UN, about resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism. US, again (along with one other countries - Ukraine), voted against. Motivating ...
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Why does the British government need permission to start a general election? [duplicate]

I've just read that an "early election" has failed to go through the lower house. This strikes me as really odd. Why would the opposition be the ones who say when the current government stops working?...
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Is there evidence that Gotabaya Rajapaksa uses politically motivaded kidnappings?

This question is about the Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka presidential election candidate. Many people accuse him that he was involved with kidnapping people with white vans. "White van" is a ...
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What is the difference between democracy and ochlocracy?

The Wikipedia definition of democracy states: Democracy (Greek: δημοκρατία dēmokratía, literally "rule by people") is a form of government in which the people have the authority to choose their ...
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Are there well-known democracy ranking/evaluation systems that penalize the fusion of powers (between the executive and legislative)?

Basically, I want to ask how accepted is the idea that fusion of powers between the executive and legislative, present in the Westminster-inspired systems, implies a democratic deficit of some kind. (...
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Was the Russian Federation ever an actual democracy?

Currently, it is a pretty established fact that Russia isn't a democracy. According to the vast majority of American news sources covering last year's Russian elections there, they are fake. However, ...
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What are some solutions to minimize the effects of corporate lobbying without eliminating the right of lobbying?

What are some solutions to minimize the effects of corporate lobbying without eliminating the right of lobbying? We know that corporate lobbies have a disproportionate power relative to ordinary ...
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Why do working class people vote for the political right?

Some analysis of the 2017 General Election in the UK has been published in the Financial Times, which seems to indicate that people without a university degree, who were working class, and had poor ...
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Why are there so few democratic governments in the Middle East? [closed]

In the Middle East (let’s define it here as the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Turkey, and Iran), there are very few democracies. According to the Democracy Index from 2018, only one country in this area, ...
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Is the social contract invalid if I change jurisdiction? [closed]

Can I move to a different place and nullify the social contract (just somewhere else)? Does this destroy the moral justification for taxes?
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Why is the President of India not elected directly?

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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What are the benefits/drawbacks of a weighted vote based upon federal taxes paid?

Alexander Fraser Tytler famously said: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public ...
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Is there any age limit to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan in their Constitution?

Is there any age limit to be the prime minister of Pakistan? I have searched on the internet but couldn't find an answer. Is there any specific clause in the Pakistan's constitution that restricts ...
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Have any countries established socialist democracy specifically based on Marxism?

As far as I know, there are no countries calling themselves Communist that have stayed real democracies, even though Marx wrote that he wanted democracy in Communist society. However, there are quite ...
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Where are electoral systems typically defined?

Italy changed its electoral law in 2017, with a simple majority vote in the parliament. It strikes me as peculiar and dangerous that it is relatively easy for the ruling party to change "the rules of ...
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What other countries besides the US have mechanics that allow the minority to block legislation?

Filibustering gives disproportionate leverage to minorities in the Senate. These, in turn, lead to bills not passing or often not even getting past subcommittees. Are there any other instances of this ...
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Why aren't authoritarian governments overthrown sooner?

On my point of view is pretty simple to overthrow an authoritarian government. You just have to gather a lot of people in the smallest area possible (where the leader is located). Further actions can ...
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What is the origin of “from each according to his ability” formula and why is it considered Marxist/Socialist?

Should anyone here have some sources or reputable background history to the below quotation, would you please consider making it available here? [...] from each according to his ability, to each ...
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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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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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What is the US 'Deep State' and what evidence is there for it?

I've heard whispers of a 'deep state' run by the Clintons or Obama or various liberals/democrats and I never really gave it much thought. It sounds kind of crazy - that said, I have to admit, I don't ...
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Why are stenographers still employed and present within many governmental chambers?

Yesterday a news story broke about a stenographer on the US Senate floor fainting which prompted a brief recess while she was being medically attended to. Hearing this, I started to wonder why ...
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Term for using immigrants to gain long term political advantage

Is there a term that defines the process of a political party or system bringing in immigrants (legal/illegal/refugees) to make them citizens in the future with the expectation that they will support ...
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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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Why has Rio Grande do Sul state (Brazil) never reelected its governor?

This question is created inspired in a comment at this related question: What state/country, given the right, refuses to reelect any previous governor/president by most consecutive time?
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Population size and the viability of democracy

Propagandas in China claim that the population is too large for China to have a democracy. Propagandas claim that democracy runs best in small countries such as ancient Greek polis and modern European ...
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What is the rationale for foreign interference in a democratic election being intrinsically bad?

In Sanders on Trump and the challenge for the left – full transcript (published in the Guardian, which was behind Operation Clark County), Sanders describe Russian interference in the US presidential ...
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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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How to explain that Japan and South Korea are democratic but very collectivistic countries?

Both Japan and South Korea are democratic but still very collectivistic countries. Why democracy did not make Japan and South Korea more individualistic?
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Has range voting been successfully implemented anywhere?

To improve upon traditional democracy, various alternatives to the normal up down voting have been put forth such as range voting. (Range voting is a voting method for one-seat elections under which ...
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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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Successful non-democracies?

Those of us in the US, and I'm pretty sure this is true in many other first world nations, are indirectly preached the gospel of democracy in school. It's pretty much implied that Democracy is the ...
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Clarification on Ranked Choice Voting Tie Breaker Algorithm

Suppose we are running a Ranked Choice vote between 6 candidates: Harrison Ford Carrie Fisher Mark Hammill James Earl Jones Frank Oz George Lucas There are a lot of website that propose the rules - ...
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Where to draw a line between representative democracy and a direct democracy? [Focus on the *where*]

I realized while asking the question "Which nation is a direct democracy?" that it can't be answered without first drawing a line between a democracy direct and representative. It's not easy since ...
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How do I explain democratic socialism to an American?

Assuming that an American has preconceived cultural bias against certain words, what is the best way to educate (and not inflame/trigger) Americans about Democratic Socialism? My intention is to ...
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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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If all the citizens have same rights why some must pay a higher tax rate?

If all the citizens of a country have the same rights and are equal before the law, why some must pay more taxes? Isn't that a kind of discrimination?
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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 ...