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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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Has an election ever been called off due to a terror attack?

This morning, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the general election on June the 8th will go ahead despite the London Bridge Terror Attack. Is there a precedent of an election being called ...
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Is political education a necessity for a democracy? [closed]

To quote Lincoln's Gettysburg Address a democracy is Government of the people, by the people, for the people But how can a democracy function effectively if the population are not educated about ...
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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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Is tactical voting a relatively new phenomenon?

I've only heard of people "tactically voting" -- whereby they don't vote for their first choice, but their nearest choice that contends with an incumbent or person/party they don't want -- over the ...
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Why did the french government disempower the legislative (which had an oppositional opinion to a proposed act) to force an unpopular act?

To cite this article from rubikon.news: Denn was französische Regierungen zum wiederholten Mal durchzusetzen versuchen (zuletzt mit einer ‚Rentenreform’ unter Nicolas Sarcosy), ist in ...
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Why isn't the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights Taught more comprehensively in schools? [closed]

It's hard to protect what you don't know exists. Most Americans, at best, only have superficial knowledge of a few rules and rights from tv shows. How can something so incredibly fundamental and ...
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Do voters usually follow the advise regarding the choice in the second round of elections given by a candidate who lost in the first round?

According to this article, Francois Fillon advised his voters to vote for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of 2017 French Presidential elections. I have seen this way of telling the voters what ...
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How is voting by expatriates justified?

Expatriates are people who left their country of citizenship voluntarily for personal reasons (or children of such people). This means that, while they may return, they are currently abroad. Whatever ...
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What would a government be called if the citizens elected a ruler, but this ruler got all the power?

Assume there was a fantasy world in which a ruler was elected to become "king". This king election would be completely democratic and fair. Then, when the king is elected, he or she has absolute power ...
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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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Is the US democracy a multi-party system or a dual-party system?

I am from India and whenever we hear about US politics and the US Senate, we always hear about two political parties, Democrats and Republicans. So are these the only two political parties in US? Is ...
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Why did Turkey's democracy index only fell by 0.08 points in 2016?

Turkey's democracy index was 5.12 in 2015 and is 5.04 for 2016. Considering the huge wave of repression happening in Turkey following the failed coup in summer 2016, and the restriction of civil ...
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Liberal vs. social vs. People's democracy? [closed]

What's the difference between a liberal, social, and People's democracy? I read the phrases in a book but didn't understand them after some searching. Thanks!
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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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is this definition of the State complete?

The State is an organization intended/designed/created and maintained by a People in order to make known, apply and defend People's Will. The State ensures the progress in fulfilling the People's ...
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Can compulsory voting increase the quality of a non-dictatorial republic democracy?

This is somehow a followup of this answer about vote meaningfulness. According to this article, "Overall, people living in countries with more liberal policies reported higher life satisfaction than ...
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Must 'democracy' only refer to a 'state'?

This is actually a twofold question. One is if the word "democracy" must always refer to a state, in its most formal political definitions, or can other types of social structure be a democracy too? ...
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Why States in India don't have elections at a same time?

Andhra Pradesh & Telegana had elections in 2014. (In this elections, New Prime Minister was elected) Tamil Nadu had elections in 2016. UP, Goa & Bihar election going on now i.e 2017. Why ...
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How do secular democratic government deal with religious laws?

Modern democracies guarantee both the freedom of religion and equality before law. This creates a paradox since most of the religions have their own laws, thus creating a system of different laws for ...
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What factors lead to a 2 party vs a multi party system

When looking around the world it seems that some countries only have 2 parties that get any power e.g. the USA and then you have other countries that consistently have power shared among multiple ...
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Can illiberal democracy be considered a mature democracy?

According to this article illiberal democracies are becoming fashionable these days: PRINCETON - Nearly two decades ago, the political commentator Fareed Zakaria wrote a prophetic article called “...
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Developments leading the Western society to “post truth” / emotions (vs. facts)? [duplicate]

Recent events end elections (U.S.) have shown that people increasingly tend to believe that Perception is reality. In other words, emotions seem to have gained a lot more importance during the ...
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Berkeley Riots: Protest or Infringment of Rights

The violence that preempted the talk of a prominent alt-right speaker on University of California Berkeley's campus has set off a debate over the role of free speech in American society. Did the ...
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What are the advantages of the French two-round voting system against a one round alternative?

In regards to the French Presidential election of 2017, what are the advantages of the French two-round voting system against a one round alternative? If two-round is better than one round, what ...
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What would happen if a (democratic) government does not honour a court ruling?

What would happen if a government does not honor a ruling made by a judge? An example would be US President Trump's Travel Ban, which was recently suspended entirely by a federal judge. Note: This ...
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Is the U.S. still a democracy now that the President lost the popular vote?

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, Democracy can mean rule of majority. Is the U.S. still a democracy now that Donald Trump is leading the executive branch while he lost the popular ...
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How often have majority parties plummeted in support in one election in democracies?

While voters in democracies usually only incrementally change the party that they support relative to a prior election, every now and then, a party will go from being a leading or majority party, to ...
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What mechanisms exist to prevent democracy turning into ochlocracy or tyranny of the majority?

From Wikipedia on democracy: According to political scientist Larry Diamond, democracy consists of four key elements: (a) A political system for choosing and replacing the government through free ...
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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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Are there any countries that require political parties to be democratically organised (and accept members)?

In many countries, members of parliament are elected on the title of political parties. For example, in The Netherlands, 81 parties have registered for the Dutch General Election, 2017. In most of ...
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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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Do public referenda overrule political rights, or are they an expression of democracy?

Margaret Thatcher famously opined that "referendums are the tools of dictators and demagogues". Strangely the position today seems uncannily similar to the days when Edmund Burke penned his famous ...
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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 would happen if all the Western states imposed embargo on the products from China? [closed]

Donald Trump's protectionism is certainly controversial but to at least some degree, all the Western states lead a similar politics towards the North Korea, Cuba or Russia. China, on the other hand, ...
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In a democracy, who takes care of the interests of the losing side?

There are two sides or more to an election - the winning side will get what it wants (hopefully) the losing side will not. What are some of the ways both sides can benefit or do they have to wait 4 ...
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Is it possible to rig the American presidential elections?

Donald Trump accused the American establishment of trying to rig the presidential election in favor of Hillary Clinton: "Remember, we are competing in a rigged election," Trump said at a Wisconsin ...
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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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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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Why are the poor in the US not submitting propositions about taxing the bank accounts of the wealthy?

Just a little explanation: I was raised in the former Soviet system, then I lived through the systemic change, and now I live in the US. I understand that the US is a semi-democratic country. I ...
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How long in advance are designated survivors chosen?

In the premiere of Designated Survivor (2016), Tom Kirkman is informed in about 10-15 hours prior to the state of the union address in which the president, vice president and others were killed. Is ...
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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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What alternatives exists to Democracy Index?

I am aware of the Democracy Index. What it lacks that I am interested in is more information about what type of political system each country has, and the connection to its democratic level. I would, ...
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A Parliament with many Houses with restricted competence

Please forgive the naivety of my question (and adjust the tags if necessary, I'm a newbie). Often, election campaigns are dominated by one or two themes. Populist parties profit from this. One ...
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What precedes the end of a Democratic Government? [closed]

Democracies allow people to participate equally, whether directly or indirectly, though there is a significant level of variation in how they are implemented. I expect that a democratic form of ...
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Judicial Independence in Turkey

In the aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey nearly 3000 judges were "sacked" among them two members of the constitutional court (source for example this Washington Post article) as well as many ...
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Does NATO membership require democracy?

The Telegraph reports that Erdoǧans post-coup purge may force NATO to suspend Turkish membership: This prompted John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, to warn that Turkey faced suspension from Nato ...
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Protecting a democracy from an influential few

According to some opinions I have read, the recent referendum in the UK was won by a small number of men in politics and media, who immediately after the result disowned some of the major claims and ...
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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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Voting methods that take voters stability into account

Consider the case of Brexit: a relatively brief moment of voting time that decided the state of UK in EU. One shot. Is this a good idea? Let's consider these factors: Voter stability: were voters ...
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How do one party governments say that they represent everyone even though they aren't democracies?

In China, for example, the communist party says that they are the worker's party and that they represent the workers of the world and equality, even though they manage a one-party state that blocks ...