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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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Democracy without Education?

I will keep this brief. I recently had a discussion with my Chinese friends. Their argument against implementing more democratic elements in China was the large fraction - in their eyes - uneducated ...
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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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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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Is it possible for an established democratic country to directly switch to a monarchy?

Say, a country has well-established democratic doctrines and principles. Is it practically possible for that country to directly switch to a monarchy? By practical, I mean the country must last ...
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What limitations to freedom of speech are there in France?

The question is similar to this one: Freedom of speech is understood to be fundamental in a democracy. What limitations to freedom of speech are there in France? Is holocaust denial an example? can ...
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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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Are there any bodies or agencies that collate UK polling data?

I used to use UK Polling Report but recently their updates have become more infrequent and I'm not sure how much I trust the analysis or selection of data. Are there any other sources from which I ...
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How do proponents of the “Living Constitution” view respond to the argument that it undermines democracy?

Those who reject originalism as a judicial philosophy generally say that the Constitution is a "living document" which changes in meaning as society changes. Further, they believe that the Supreme ...
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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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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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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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Is a consitutional monarchy really a democracy?

According to Wikipedia, the United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy with a parliament. Basically meaning a monarchy that is restrained by constitution with a parliament that makes the rules, as ...
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Wikipedia, Context and Freedom of Speech [closed]

Is the infinite banning of a person or persons from Wikipedia tantamount to destruction of free speech? It's a difficult argument for people to make as many would say 'well, you have the right to say ...
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Does the EU have any rights to oversee UK elections?

If members of the UK electorate were to report issues with the UK electoral system, and parties, persons and/or agencies related to it, would the EU have a legal right to investigate and if so what ...
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Why dictators in middle east are US allies? [duplicate]

US considers itself as pro-democracy, even intervene other countries internal affairs with excuse of democracy. On the other hand in middle east dictators are US allies. Maybe one can consider Saudi ...
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why does south africa educate their population about gay rights, if the population itself doesn't want that?

to provide evidence about the populations attitude towards LGBT rights: Although the Constitutional and legal system in South Africa theoretically ensure equality, social acceptance is generally ...
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What is Trump's official line on Freedom of Speech?

According to the Evening Standard and IBTimes, a satirical nude portrait of Trump has been banned in the US. Is this true, and has Trump given a formal statement on his views on Freedom of Speech? ...
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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 is the term for this kind of democracy? Does an example exist?

I'm curious what the official term is for a nation that, while still is a democracy, has a citizen body that votes on almost everything in one way or another unanimously. Of course, everybody can make ...
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Do democratic and dictatorial governments have the same incentives?

A democratic government can ignore the results of an election at any time. Just like a dictatorship can chose to adopt the same policies a democracy would, minus elections. In both cases, the ...
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Why do dictators always repress their people?

For example what's in North Korea right now - people are given minimal privileges - why is this? Aren't there some country which is both democratic and dictatorship? Like there is a single person ...
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Why does the economist label France a flawed democracy?

The Economist's Democracy Index lists France as a flawed democracy. Why doesn't the Economist see France as a full democracy?
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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 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'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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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 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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Why are there so few Islamic parties in Europe?

Many European countries have major parties which call themselves "Christian". But Wikipedia only lists 5 parties in all of Europe with an Islamic agenda, and 3 of them as defunct, leaving only "Party ...
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Why there was no Marshall plan for 1990s Russia?

Just imagine the completely different world today if Russia were a part of Free World, member of NATO and a prosperous democracy, like Germany. Was it ever discussed, and if so, why wasn't it ...
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What are the advantages of the US electoral college for presidential elections over a direct vote?

In what way does this improve the representation of smaller states beyond what would be provided by a direct vote?
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Why is Assad a tyrant who must go but the tyrant in Bahrain, Al Khalifa, can stay?

In my understanding, there is not a big difference between Assad in Syria and Al Khalifa in Bahrain, in regard to how they rule over their people. They both oppress their people, detain opposition, ...
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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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In a Westminster parliamentary system who would be appointed Prime Minister if all MPs were independents?

In our current system the Prime Minister is the leader of the political party with the most seats, correct? Well, if everyone threw out party politics and only elected independent local members of ...
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Muamar Gadafi and Libya (military intervention by NATO)

What really was the problem with the late Gaddafi's Leadership as the president of Libya. What possibly would have led NATO signatories (UK,US and Britain) to be all over His rule and yet the citizens ...
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Have countries or electorates that have switched to proportional representation experienced less factional in-fighting?

In theory I would imagine proportional representation would reduce backroom factional in-fighting by both bringing disputes into the light of day (the voting booth) and allowing major factions to be ...
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Why do western democracies keep excellent diplomatic relations with awful dictatorial governments?

Everything is in the question. Back when the cold war was raging, diplomatic relations between eastern communist governments and western democracies were awful. Nowadays not only the diplomatic ...
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Why are citizens required to register before voting?

Why would a state require citizens to register before voting? Why not just allow citizens to vote using their ID card on the day of voting?
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Is there a rigorous way to compare how democratic organizations are?

Is there a rigorous way to compare how democratic organizations are? Can we say with any authority, for example, whether the parliamentary democracy of the UK, at some arbitrary point before european ...
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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 ...