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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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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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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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Should the right to vote and/or be voted for be restricted to the educated in the information era? [closed]

To me it seems only logical to expect in the information era some duties behind the rights to vote and being voted for, such as having a minimum of education, regardless whether you were given the ...
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What is Israel's long-term plan in the West Bank?

A lot of liberals and other Palestine supporters make the following argument about Israel's control of the West Bank: Currently, the Palestinian people living in the Israeli-controlled territory in ...
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The causal relationship between economic development and democracy

Some politicians claimed that there is a causal relationship between economic development and democracy. However, India is a democratic society but their economic development is extremely poor. Is the ...
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Why is the polish PiS considered dangerous, but not the UK conservatives?

Both parties won an absolute majority of seat in the parliament of their respective countries, and that without winning an absolute majority of the votes, because of how the election system works. ...
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What inhibits a winning candidate from doing exactly the opposite of what he promised?

In theory the citizens vote for candidate X because they share his/her electoral offers or promises, but sometimes those candidates don't do what they said. So my question is: What prevents a winning ...
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Which are the symptoms of a decadent Democracy degenerating to Ochlocracy? [closed]

The Ochlocracy is by the Wikipedia's definition: Or mob rule is government by mob or a mass of people, or the intimidation of legitimate authorities. As a pejorative for majoritarianism, it is akin ...
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What is the difference between a Republic and a Representative Democracy?

What is the difference between a Republic and a Representative Democracy? Are these the same thing and merely an issue of semantics, or is there a functional difference?
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When is a democratic vote actually the wrong tool?

Democracy is defined as: Democracy is sometimes referred to as "rule of the majority". Democracy is a system of processing conflicts in which outcomes depend on what participants do, but no ...
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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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What did Kerry mean with “Israel can either be Jewish or democratic – it cannot be both”?

What did the Secretary of State mean by this dichotomous ultimatum? Israel can either be Jewish or democratic – it cannot be both. Why should it be incompatible? If England, Denmark and Greece ...
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Issue-Specific Knowledge Tests For Voting

I have often wondered if it would be worthwhile for ballots to verify that voters understand the issues they are voting on, and whether this could be achieved objectively. Case in point: I had a ...
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What's my change power in a democratic society?

How can I, even in a small way, can fight against politicians who vote for the growth of their own wage or even the corruption? It seems we're in a well organized society and that everybody is being ...
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Is there a legal way to postpone or call off a general election in the UK due to concerns one way or another?

I'm asking this as a follow up question after this one when Steve Melnikoff raised an interesting point in the comments as to whether there was a legal mechanism to postpone or call off a general ...
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Is it possible to implement an electronic voting system which is as secure as pen-and-paper voting?

There is ongoing criticism of voting machines, due to the ease of manipulating the outcome of a vote that is counted digitally. I have heard the opinion that every computer-implemented voting ...
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Why is proportional representation not considered in any of the US states?

While the Americans agree that the current two-party system is broken, I have not heard any real voices on changing it in any State. States like California, New York or Texas, which send large ...
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Is China considered to be democratic

Does China's government consider itself to be democratic? Does the United States of America have an official stance on whether China is democratic or not? If so, what is it? Does the UN have an ...
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What was the largest popular vote election ever held?

What was the largest popular vote election ever held for a personally-held position? This means an election for an elected position, with people directly voting for the choice of candidates (e.g. US ...
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How did Australia wind up with a two-party system?

Currently in Australia, there are two major parties: The Australian Labor Party and the Australian Liberal Party (which ironically is a conservative party. Currently in Australia it is simply not ...
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How does direct democracy compare to representative democracy?

Back in the olden days of Greece, direct democracy was practiced. All citizens could vote directly on every issue decided by the state. This is significantly different to the representative ...
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What are frequently heard arguments in favour or against term limits?

Around the world, many presidents have term limits. For example, a United States president cannot serve more than eight years. On the other hand, it seems prime ministers and their cabinets usually ...
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What are the conditions and benefits of U.S. insular properties like Puerto Rico?

I always wanted to know which is the legal status of the associated states of United States like Puerto Rico. Who is the state head, of this kind of territory? Why can't they vote for the United ...
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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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What are the problems of IQ tests for elections? [closed]

Let's define for the purposes of this hypothesis that A good person is someone who act and votes according to his best intentions A smart person is someone who know which party to elect to lead his ...
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What can UK citizens do to replace first past the post with a proportional representation voting system? [closed]

First past the post (FPP) is the voting system that is used in the United Kingdom to elect representatives to its lower house, the House of Commons. Due to FPP's winner-takes-all setup, voters have ...
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How can the influence of wealthy individuals on democratic processes be reduced?

This question is inspired by the discussion about lobbyism and free speech. There are two fundamental ideas in modern democracies that seem to contradict each other, while both being so fundamental ...
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Is democracy failing nowadays? [closed]

Democracy, in the shortest form is defined as "Government by the people". In the first sight it looks very nice, as if "people together" will judge and assess, which government is good and ultimately ...
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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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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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What limitations to freedom of speech are there in the US and Canada?

Freedom of speech is understood to be fundamental in a democracy. What limitations to freedom of speech are there in the United States of America and in Canada? Is Holocaust denial an example?
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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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Can the Chinese government system be considered a limited form of democracy?

According to Wikipedia the Communist Party of China has over 80 million members. It is about 6% of the population! This is more than the total membership in many (or most) western democracies. I'm ...
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Does the Republic of China (Taiwan) have any chance at regaining control of mainland China?

People's Republic of China (Communist China) is technically a Marxist-inspired revolutionary state that imposed their single party dictatorship in China. The old government is in exile in Taiwan, and ...
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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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Why did Aristotle refuse democracy?

I've read a book about antique political systems and I read that Aristotle refused democracy because he didn't support the idea of the rule of the poor. Here's my two explanations of this statement: ...
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Has there ever been a national meritocracy?

Has there ever been a meritocracy at the scale of a nation? By meritocracy I mean a system of government in which the citizen's vote is weighted based upon the merit of the individual casting that ...
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Was the Turkish 2017 constitutional referendum held democratically?

From the simple media coverage, I got that the April 2017 constitutional referendum was democratic and it took place without larger skirmishes. However, I realise that the "democracity" of elections ...
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Why are most Islamic countries less democratic/more corrupt than most Western countries? [closed]

Why are most Islamic governments, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, less democratic and more corrupt than most Christian-aligned countries particularly in the West?
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What state/country, given the right, refuses to reelect any previous governor/president by most consecutive time?

In Brazil, mayors, governors and president have the right of one consecutive reelection since 1998. (Such right is being reviewed at Congress right now, but it is not relevant to this question). As ...
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Have any systems of direct democracy ever been proposed that are specifically designed to mitigate the problem of “mob rule”?

A common argument against direct democracy is that it allows majority groups to unfairly discriminate against minorities; in motto form, "mob rule." Question. Have any systems of direct democracy ...
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Does the two-party system create a political advantage for the rich? [closed]

Does the two-party system create a political advantage for the rich regarding political representation?
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What would stop a representative democracy becoming a dictatorship?

In a representative democracy, those elected pass laws for the country. If a political party had a majority in the relevant legislature(s), could that party use its majority to write a law that ...
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What electoral mechanisms might prevent the rise of a demagogue?

I realize that this may be one of the intentions of the US Electoral College system. Its most obvious role is to prevent a candidate of purely local appeal from winning nationally, but another de-...
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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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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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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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Which are the advantages of monarchy?

Some western democracies are monarchies (UK, Denmark, Spain...). What are the advantages that this system gives to the people, when compared with a presidential system? I want to stress that I'm ...
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How much is Russia actually a federation?

The official name of Russia is Federation of Russia. Federations are normally a bunch of semi-independant federated states that have their own local laws and tax-collecting habits, but that defer ...
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Create a System of government that uses the Stack Exchange system to make decisions

Stack exchange seems to brilliantly and concisely match an answer to a question and more key has a great way of ranking the 'correct' or most efficient answer based on merit or efficacy. Can we ...