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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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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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What is the most democratic Arab country?

Using measurements of majority-rule, human rights, liberties, gap between highest and lower classes, which is the most 'democratic' Arab country today?
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Why does China think that they shouldn't follow the western model of democracy?

Why does China think that they shouldn't follow the western model of democracy? What would be the problem if China creates an open and public framework to slowly migrate to democracy within, say, 25 ...
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Are democracy strongly linked to monogamy?

Turkey practices monogamy even though they are muslims. Far from being laws to protect women, anti polygamy statutes may really do more to protect men Matt Ridley - The Red Queen Matt ...
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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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Is it common in democratic world for political parties to own newspapers and TV channels?

In Poland, the biggest opposition party directly owns newspaper, TV channel, and indirectly donate money to few others media. I don't think it is common situation in democratic world, is it? I could ...
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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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Is there a symbol for Democracy or Democratic Republic?

Is there a symbol or flag for Democracy or a Democratic Republic? This would be something general, not for a political party or country (unless the country happened to adopt a general symbol).
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Why are former communist dictatorships in the EU considered less democratic by The Economist?

The democracy index by The Economist (also see Wikipedia) is almost systematically classing countries that were recently dictatorships as less democratic than the longer term democratic countries. ...
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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 is it that in the US there so many laws being enforced that the majority of people never agreed to? [closed]

There are too many examples to list, but here are a few: When you are driving in your car with more than a few hundred dollars in cash, if you get pulled over and the police see it, they can take it ...
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What is the role of Ministers and the Parliamentary Secretaries in Canada?

I need your help, I am looking to find more information or if someone can tell me more about What is the role of Ministers and the Parliamentary Secretaries in Canada? Look forward to your response. ...
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Comment organiser le mouvement anti-austérité québécois?

Malgré le consensus pour s'opposer aux politiques d'austérité et de déconstruction de l'état québécois de l'actuel gouvernement libéral du Québec, les divers acteurs (mouvement étudiant, milieu ...
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Are there any existing laws comparable to Quebec's Bill 20?

Here is a link that explains more in detail what the bill 20 consists of: http://globalnews.ca/news/1728556/opinion-bill-20-will-turn-every-patient-in-quebec-into-a-number-instead-of-a-person/ ...
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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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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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Land acquisation act in democracies

The Government of India has modified the Land Acquisition Act through an ordinance. One of the major changes is the approval constraint. It exempts at least five categories of land acquisition, ...
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Some reasons for failure of Uganda's no-party democracy

Uganda tried a non-partisan democratic system in 1986 (whereby political parties were constitutionally restricted via a public referendum) and in 2005 overwhelmingly voted to overturn this system. I'...
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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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Why does the United Kingdom still have a monarchy (of some sort)?

How has this peculiarity survived into the present day? In a democratic country where we elect our leaders what is the purpose of the monarchy? This may come across as a loaded question but it's not, ...
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Is there any democratic non-secular state?

I don't know any democratic non-secular state. And I think that this is impossible. Since if there is no separation between state and religion, it means that in such a democratic country the state ...
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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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Why Dictatorship works when democracy fails? [duplicate]

Why is it that democracy always fails in a fledgling(Negative: Third World Country) economy when dictatorship encourages development ? Examples: Failed democracy in Germany gave rise to Hitler. ...
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How do the people in a one-party dictatorship take out their frustration at their government?

If there are some political parties in a country, the nation can take out their frustration at their government by changing the political party at the polls. However it can't do it in a one-party ...
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Democracies that don't apply “One vote equals one person”

I'm specifically asking for DIRECT bias so basically everything that isn't "One person = one vote". (So no Citizens United: That decision didn't allow 'organizations' to cast votes DIRECTLY so for ...
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Why is India called the biggest democratic country?

Why is India called the biggest democratic country? I have seen many other countries bigger than India that still follow voting mechanisms. Why is India called so?
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Why does Israel support Mahmoud Abbas while Palestinian people have shown by their votes they want Hamas

Mahmoud Abbas should leave power based on democracy. But he is in power by support from Israel and US. Why do not US and Israel support democracy in Palestine?
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Cronysm vs oligarchy

What is the difference between these two? Which claims are true for cronyism but not for oligarchy, and vice verse?
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democracy and wars for resources

'Democracy' has a large definition , but I want to concentrate on this : Karl Popper defined democracy in contrast to dictatorship or tyranny, thus focusing on opportunities for the people to ...
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Does banning of anti-democratic parties violate principles of democracy? [closed]

In recent years, due to problems of mass immigration in Europe, there's a rise of far-right parties such as Golden Dawn in Greece, Jobbik in Hungary, BNP in Britain, NPD in Germany, etc. Governments ...
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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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How do juror demographics compare with voter demographics in the US?

I am interested in seeing how the demographics of juries compare with voters in the United States. Is anyone familiar with any research in this area? In a perfect world voters would be defined as "...
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Why did democracy survive in India, whereas in most countries of the time it didn't?

I want to know why did democracy survive in India, whereas in other countries, especially in Africa, which gained independence around the same time, it didn't? What factors and reasons have been ...
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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?
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Does Hungary fulfill the requirements of democracy given by the facts on the new voting system?

We had an election with a new voting system which was created by the governing party. The election system works like this: You can vote for electorates and party list. Half of the parliment comes from ...
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is it correct being voter friendly in democracy?

I was wondering which way is correct As as political leader being friendly to the voter or citizen of country ? something like giving subsidies, free things, etc.. Or Being a reformer towards the ...
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What is “democracy through strength”?

Some political scholars suggest "democracy through strength" for certain countries. I would like to know what democracy through strength is and why it is recommended for certain countries. What are ...
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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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Is the definition of democracy a non-optimal set of laws?

I've been reading the definition of Democracy given by the social contract of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The objective of democracy is not to do the best laws, but to choose the laws shared by most of ...
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Do electoral institutions ensure that political leaders are responsive to the interests of the population as a whole?

I was wondering if elections really insure to the people that their voices will be take into consideration in the political decisions? According to Max Weber, Aristote, Alexis de Tocqueville, ...
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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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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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Pros/Cons of anonymity in a modern democracy? [closed]

I recently watched an interview with Richard Stallman and in which he says something like "We need anonymity to make democracy safe" I can see that there's a trade-off between privacy and security/...
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Do parliaments exist where the amount of non-voters is represented?

Often a considerable amount of persons in a state are not taking part in the election of a parliament. Commonly this means, that their opinion is not represented in the parliament. But do parliaments ...
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How does one get pre selected to be a member of the Australian Senate

What is the process that a person has to go through to be on the Australian senate ballot sheet? Is it any more difficult to do so independently?
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What does it mean when a party has a mandate?

In the media I hear politicians say things such as "we have a mandate" and "the opposition has a mandate". What exactly does it mean when a particular party of government has a mandate?
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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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What am I supposed to vote for?

Germany is a democracy and there is an important election on Sunday. I know I can vote any of the parties written on the list or nothing, and that within this limitation I am completely free to make ...
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Term for belief that certain decisions should be made by expert bureaucrats, rather than democratically

US county teaches students about both ‘East Sea’ and ‘Sea of Japan’ mentions that a county of 540,000 people in Maryland has decided to teach that the Sea of Japan is also called the East Sea. East ...
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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 ...