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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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What is the difference between parliamentary and presidential governments?

What are the main differences between the parliamentary system of government versus the presidential system? For example, Germany's parliamentary system versus Mexico's presidential system. I'm ...
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Why does “meritocracy” / “capitalism” co-exist with “democracy”?

The current state of the world is such that the "communist" attitude is frowned upon, whereas alternatives like "capitalism" and "meritocracy" are preferred. For example when we hitch a flight on an ...
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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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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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Vote amount according to “intelligence”

My friend and I had a vivid discussion about politics. We discussed about a system in which people had to go through some sort of intelligence evaluation system. According to their intelligence level ...
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Has any respected conservative/libertarian/Republican writer, speaker, or officeholder in any way endorsed Donald Trump as a serious candidate?

With the starting electoral debate for the 2016 USA elections Donald Trump has been high on the news. He's made many controversial statements and defies many standards of what would expected from a ...
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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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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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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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Elitist and Marxist theories on the distribution of power

What are the main differences and similarities between the marxist and elitist theories on the distribution of power in Liberal democracies?