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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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Why is the House of Lords retained in a modern democracy?

Members of the House of Lords are unelected, hold their position for life, and citizens cannot remove them in any way. Leaving aside the financial aspect in maintaining this institution, the unelected ...
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Efficiency gap threshold when there are more than two candidates

I've been working on extending Stephanopoulos-McGhee's definition of the efficiency gap using the method outlined in following Stack Exchange post. It seems that extending the definition of wasted ...
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Formula for efficiency gap calculation when there are more than two candidates

I've been having trouble finding an authoritative definition of the efficiency gap when more than 2 parties are involved. Ballotopedia points to an article by Nicholas Stephanopoulos and Eric McGhee, ...
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Why is India known as the largest democratic nation? [duplicate]

Why only India is regarded as the largest democracy, why not the USA or the European Union?
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Do Americans want to abolish the two-party system? If no, why not? If yes, why do they take actions that only strengthen it? [closed]

Most countries have figured out that a two-party system is pretty inefficient. One could write a book or two about why this is so, but suffice it to say that a two-party system is too coarse to ...
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Why do Democrats and Republicans ignore public opinion polls on major issues? [closed]

When polled, the majority of Americans consistently believe in (1) a national health care plan; (2) increased taxes, not fewer taxes, on the wealthy; (3) and more, not less, environmental regulation, ...
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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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When was the idea of universal adult suffrage first conceived, and by whom?

I understand that universal adult suffrage has its basis in universal manhood suffrage (1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen). It was then extended to include all adult women, ...
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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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According to political scientists, what, if anything, are the benefits of election polling to a liberal democracy?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_democracy About 3 months and a million news-years ago, the pollsters and election analysts were taking a kicking for not predicting the US elections accurately ...
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Precincts where Clinton (and Obama) got <3% of the vote in 2016 and 2012?

I remember asking about precincts that were basically/almost 100% Democrat. Now, I want to ask about if there are (close to) 100% Republican precincts, which is the opposite question. I would guess ...
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Is there a country with a bipartisan Parliament formed in a proportional election?

An idea of a bipartisan Parliament formed in a proportional election seems quite interesting to me. On one hand, in a proportional system, we vote for a party, knowing which ideas it would go forward ...
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Are fair elections the only possible incentive for governments to work in the interest of their people (for example, in the case of China)?

Why does the Chinese government rule the country not phenomenally, but better than one would expect from unelected authorities? I think it's supposed to work the following way: the officials try to ...
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What is the US 'Deep State' and what evidence is there for it?

I've heard whispers of a 'deep state' run by the Clintons or Obama or various liberals/democrats and I never really gave it much thought. It sounds kind of crazy - that said, I have to admit, I don't ...
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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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How do governments deal with long term planning?

On current democratically elected governments the executive and legislative branches are permanently rotating, changing, sometimes to very different positions and supporting different policies. How ...
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Is Nepal the only example where pro-monarchy rally took place? If yes, why so?

Usually I hear pro-democracy protest, pro-democracy rallies, pro-democracy podcasts. I am seeing pro-monarchy rallies today in Nepal. Details and clarity: https://esewanews.com/hundreds-people-join-...
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How is North Korea democratic, if there's only one party with one ideology?

How is North Korea, which is officially called the "Democratic People's Republic of Korea", democratic, if there's only one party with one ideology? Is this a moving box in a non-movable box?...
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Why is lobbying not illegal in democracies?

Democracy is type of government formed by the people, of the people and for the people. The Lobbyist tries to influence the government, for the policies which are in favour of the interest group. ...
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What's the largest territory where all power within the jurisdiction belongs to a single elected official?

I'm looking for the largest territory (by population) which satisfies the following criteria: A single person has all the decision making power in their hands, constrained only by whatever powers are ...
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Can US legitimately stop being a democracy if president will not concede? [closed]

After watching this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZWRhLW7Y8w, I was surprised that US Constitution effectively does not protect country from stop being democratic. Will actions described in ...
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What prevents me from voting in the next USA elections? [duplicate]

I am not an USA citizen, I was not ever in the U.S. But I could visit the USA embassy any time, where I could probably get easily a tourist visa. The only reason for me to not do this, is that I have ...
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Why am I being asked to vote?

I keep getting letters and postcards urging me to vote. It's not specifying why or for whom, just says "vote!" I keep asking myself - why are they (who?) interested in people going to vote? ...
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Why so much censorship on Trump's statements? [closed]

After the 2009 Iranian presidential election, in which some people opposed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection, Hillary Clinton defended U.S. efforts to ensure that the Twitter social networking service ...
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Has a leader of a major democracy recently tried to prevent themselves from leaving after losing an election? [closed]

There is a report that US president Donald Trump may want to barricade himself in the Oval Office. But the Constitution is very specific in that the presidency terminates at noon Jan 20 in the ...
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What is going on with the constitutional court in Ukraine?

Recently, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council of Ukraine) proposing to terminate the powers of all Constitutional Court judges. It's a bit of ...
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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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Why do working class people vote for the political right?

Some analysis of the 2017 General Election in the UK has been published in the Financial Times, which seems to indicate that people without a university degree, who were working class, and had poor ...
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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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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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Does the introduction of elections and other democratic institutions contribute to social disruptions and chaos in a country with a weak state?

I am conducting a research on a historical period in Iran in which a short period of premature democratic rule by a government with low state capabilities led to social disruptions and chaos and ...
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Do wrong beliefs threaten democracy? [closed]

According to this video (from @3:05 to 3:40), Neil deGrasse Tyson says believing in something that is wrong threatens democracy. But this... but this whole thing-- it's just a symptom of a larger ...
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“You can't call a country a democracy until a government has twice lost an election and given up power.” Whose quote or idea is this?

I've completed a "Moral Foundation of Politics" course on Coursera.org and there's an interesting quote that sounds like this: Schumpeterians will often say, you can't call a country a ...
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Do any other countries take as long as the US to transfer government power following an election?

In most countries with an elected government, the incumbent prime minister (or whatever the office is called) resigns shortly before the election is called, and the newly elected prime minister takes ...
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Are there any good longitudinal studies of contested elections at the national level?

No electoral result happens in a vacuum -- and worldwide analogs to current events can provide interesting insights on what may happen with upcoming global national elections in an era when the ...
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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 opposition against Lukashenko equally strong outside of Belarus cities?

On the 9th of August 2020 the country of Belarus held presidential elections. Incumbent Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected to a sixth term in office, with official results crediting him with 80 ...
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Expulsion of elected members of the legislature - where is it possible?

Are there world states which have an elected legislature, not subject to a higher authority (except the law), in which elected members can be expelled by a majority of the other elected members? That ...
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Is it possible for Khomeinism to be a part of a democratic system?

Modern Iran is an authoritarian theocratic republic that follows the Khomeinism political ideology. However, some followers of Khomeini believe that the Khomeinism ideology was supposed to be a ...
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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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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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In authoritarian countries, is it more effective for protesters to make economic demands or political demands?

Context: I was involved in a discussion about the rationality of protesters in Russia. The thesis was that, given that the regime is very reluctant to give up its political control over the country, ...
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What is the purpose of democracy?

In many modern political debates democracy is often considered an unalloyed virtue: things are good because they are democratic. Things the people have voted for are good because they represent the "...
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Was the Russian Federation ever an actual democracy?

Currently, it is a pretty established fact that Russia isn't a democracy. According to the vast majority of American news sources covering last year's Russian elections there, they are fake. However, ...
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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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Wealth disparity between the voters and the rulers in democracies

Are there any studies looking at the disparity between the wealth of the electorate and the wealth of the rulers? I don't think that anyone would argue with the suggestion that by-and-large, the ...
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Have any countries established socialist democracy specifically based on Marxism?

As far as I know, there are no countries calling themselves Communist that have stayed real democracies, even though Marx wrote that he wanted democracy in Communist society. However, there are quite ...
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What is the opposite of libertarian?

Left/Right labels in politics seem insufficient to address the differences in politics today, and adding prefixes like far-left or alt-right seems to simply exaggerate problems. I've seen more ...
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Is there a correlation between education quality and democracy quality?

In democracies, it seems to me the problems with politics and politicians is that they are forced to pander to the ignorant masses based on fear tactics, false promises, and oversimplification of ...
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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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