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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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Is the feedback every 4 years strong enough? [closed]

Most modern democracies are considered as such due to the feedback that voters do as a control of their government and country. This is done in a representative way in intervals usually of 4 years. ...
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Does political exclusion also exclude free speech?

Among all states that exclude their citizens from political participation, e.g. by shielding their law makers from the necessity of periodic elections, none tolerates freedom of expression among its ...
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What are the minimal components of a self-determined constitution?

I want to know what a constitution would look like if it were subject to the requirement of being freely chosen by those affected, including those of future generations. This is what I mean by "self-...
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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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Is democracy a hegemony?

I am not from a liberal arts (I have an engineering major) background and hence this question might seem so trivial to experts in this field. What I understand by hegemony is that it is a kind of ...
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Is there a direct connection between democracy and disobligation of voting?

I am from Brazil. I hear very often that we have a democracy but we're obligated to vote anyway. Are those things connected? Is it true that democracy implies that the citizens are not obligated to ...
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Do/did non-dictatorial Capitalist societies exist?

This question is sparked by another one about Communism. Was there any Capitalist society (that is having market economy) where all power (including power over means of production) belonged to ...
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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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Is there a website or online database of what policies different politicians have voted for?

Ideally I think there should be an accessible website where people can make informed decisions on who they want to vote for based on the past actions of politicians. If this does not exist, any ...
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Has sharia ever been introduced by democratic means?

Sharia, as defined by its Wikipedia article, is the moral code and religious law of Islam. Views on the compatibility of Sharia with democracy differ. From the same article: Legal scholar L. Ali ...
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Who are early critics of democracy?

I've been reading Henry David Thoreau's Resistance to Civil Government recently. It's a very interesting essay from 1849 and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in progressive thoughts on ...
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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 there any possibility to have a democracy inherently discourage lobbying?

Can a democratic system be structured in a way that doesn't rely on ethics or brute-force, police-state-esque measures to disable lobbying? Is there a way to inherently make lobbying unattractive/...
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The ideal of representative democracy [closed]

When people use the term, they generally mean: Representative democracy is a variety of democracy founded on the principle of elected people representing a group of people, as opposed to direct ...
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US Politics, any grass root like campaign fighting the new tax increase

I just found out from my employer that our social security tax just increase by 2%, which were never publicized as much in the media. I live in NY, a very liberal state, so it would make sense why it ...
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How to make a democracy more efficient? [closed]

A dictatorship can be very efficient, but it's seldom democratic. On the other hand, some democracies now are terribly inefficient. Changes are hard to pass and implement because obstructionism by ...
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Must all democratic countries have a constitution?

It seems to me that all democratic countries, e.g. republics and representative monarchies, also have a constitution of sorts. On the other hand, what defines a democratic country is the "power to ...
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Why do party's candidature requirements exist in some countries?

The Republic by the Spanish Wikipedia is: Republic (from latin res publica, «the politic, the public»), in a wide sense, is a politic system based on the law's empire, the law ( the constitution) ...
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What is the difference between Democracy and Ochlocracy [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which are the symptoms of a decadent Democracy degenerating to Ochlocracy? Democracy is rule by the people, and Ochlocracy is rule by the mob. Is there a defining point ...
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Why do developed countries favor democracy?

Considering the relative lack of information many people have when entering the booths (just from my experience in America. Please edit if I'm wrong), why do developed countries prefer democracy over ...
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Has the Orange Revolution improved the fairness of Ukrainian elections according to independent observers?

In late 2004, the Orange Revolution took place in Ukraine after elections that were accompanied by widescale corruption and fraud. Initially, Yanukovych was declared the winner. The protests resulted ...
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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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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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Are political parties based on ethnicity democratic?

Does a political party based on a minor (or major) ethnicity have a place in democracy ?
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Is there any rational alternative besides the Democracy? [closed]

At the moment the most spread system in the world is the democracy with different accents, some parliamentary, some representative, other presidential, etc. But recently I have asked my self if ...
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Is the United States Electoral College constitutional?

A question that has long been standing in my mind is whether the Electoral College is constitutional. Republicans in California, or Democrats in Texas, for that matter, actually do not have a say in ...
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What is the difference between representative and parliamentary democracy?

In the case of "representative democracy", the common sense makes you think that you elect congressmen or speakers to represent your wishes, and in the "parliamentary democracy" you do almost the same;...
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Has there ever been a successful application of Liquid Democracy in recent (non-ancient) history?

While looking for the best application of a Democratic regime, people tend to look either at Athenian Democracy (as applied in Ancient Athens that is) or at Grassroots/Liquid Democracy (as supposedly ...
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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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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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What are the minimum requirements for a system to be called democratic?

I think the title is very clear, but I'll complete the question below: What are the minimum requirements needed for a system to be called democratic? Is holding elections every n years enough, or ...
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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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In models of income distribution, is inequality a natural outcome?

From The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy (2006): Two of the more influential papers that examine inequality within a median voter context are Persson and Tabellini (1994) and Alesina and ...
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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 and how is the Vice President elected in U.S?

Why is the Vice President elected in the US? Why isn't he chosen by the President like any other secretary? Is there any important reason why the writers of the Constitution made that choice? How is ...
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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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What reforms have successfully avoided the issues of Gerrymandering?

In democracies like the United States, Gerrymandering to construct districts with artificial boundaries such that incumbents and their parties are favored to win has been a long standing issue. While ...
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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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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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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 ...