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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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How do the Republicans' recent laws make it harder for Democratic voters to vote?

I read this BBC article, but it's not totally clear for me why the recent voting rights laws passed in more than a dozen Republican-controlled state legislatures affect the Democratic base, but not ...
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Do less smart people mostly choose a way of humanity during democracy? [closed]

Conclusion: I wrote this question, and clarified it many times, so it seems that this platform is not for me, at least in my current question; thanks for attempts everyone, I appreciate your efforts. ...
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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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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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How to organize anti-austerity movement? The case of Quebec?

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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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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Any active wikidemocracy projects post-2019?

I have been reading about this form of electronic democracy called wikidemocracy. The article on wikipedia talks about attempts to implement Wikidemocracy in 2011, but it doesn't mention any modern ...
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What exactly is China's "whole-process people's democracy"? In what ways does it function "democratically" based on traditional definitions?

CNN's China claims its authoritarian one-party system is a democracy -- and one that works better than the US says: In his keynote speech, Huang Kunming, the ruling Communist Party's propaganda tsar, ...
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Did the Biden administration have a working definition of democracy when it chose which countries to invite to its "democracy summit"?

The New York Times' Biden Rallies Global Democracies as U.S. Hits a ‘Rough Patch’ The president kicked off his summit as critics questioned the guest list and whether the United States could be an ...
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Freedom of Speech and Assembly in China [closed]

If a group of five Chinese citizens assemble in a Beijing park with a "Democracy Now" sign (or its equivalent in Chinese characters) for a few hours every Saturday, are they likely to be ...
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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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Is Corporatocracy a result of Corporatism?

The way I understand it so far (and I could be wrong so fact-checking appreciated): capitalism can lead to corporatism, which can lead to corporatocracy? The nuances are tricky and have lots of ...
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How do democracies other than the US handle changes to district maps?

Every representative democracy needs to have some method of dividing up territory into districts such that the people within that district can choose someone to represent their interests to the state ...
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What are the standard safeguards against arbitrary accusations of terrorism within democratic countries?

In a democratic country, core principles such as free speech are protected against arbitrary retaliation by the government in power (at least in theory). On the other hand, security forces evaluate ...
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Is it possible to have a centrally planned economy with a democratic government?

Imagine a country with a centrally planned economy. Manufacturing, power generation, construction, industrial agriculture, transportation, Internet connection, cellular service, the entire healthcare ...
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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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Having problem in grasping a feature of Directive Principle of State Policy

I am reading 'Indian Polity' by M Laxmikanth, chapter on 'Directive Principles of State Policy'. Please explain the following Stanza with help of an example "The Supreme court has ruled many a times ...
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Are autocratic countries handling COVID-19 better than democratic countries?

From the answer to one of my previous questions: It's an old saw in political science that if one wants a just society one has to surrender to having an inefficient society. Autocrats and dictators ...
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Is Juan Guaidó popular in Venezuela?

To me Nicolás Maduro seems to be a very poor leader. However, there's a lot of opposition to US intervention in Venezuela from groups like Code Pink,, Embassy Civilian Protection Collective, The ...
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Empirical Evidence Regarding The Effectiveness of Writing Your Representatives

Letter writing (including email) and phone call campaigns are popular actions people are called to participate in to create pressure and change legislator behavior. It's taken as axiomatic that this ...
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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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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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How can the Harm Principle be adjusted to fit Social Democracy and Social Liberalism

Beyond Libertarianism: Interpretations of Mill's Harm Principle and the Economic Implications Therein The harm principle does not stipulate strict rights of the individual, applied uniformly. To ...
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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 don't other countries try to emulate the United States? [closed]

(Apologies in advance if I sound condescending or ignorant of world affairs. The former is unintentional; the latter is why I'm here.) You often hear about countries (developing nations, mostly, but ...
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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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Is there any intuitive explanation for "audience cost "?

From wikipedia, I saw the explanation for "audience cost" The term was popularized in a 1994 academic article by James Fearon where he argued that democracies carry greater audience costs ...
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How can the influence of wealthy individuals on democratic processes be reduced?

This question is inspired by the discussion about lobbyism and free speech. There are two fundamental ideas in modern democracies that seem to contradict each other, while both being so fundamental ...
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Why is freedom of the press protected by democratic states and how should it help democracy? [closed]

Conventional wisdom holds that the press is a beneficial fourth estate that counterbalances the powers of the government, jurisdiction and legislation. Having felt a certain cognitive dissonance ...
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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 income tax specific to democratic countries?

I was wondering, the US has income taxes, but many Arab countries do not. While many Arab states are considered frontier markets, others like the UAE and Qatar are considered emerging markets. Yet, ...
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How it is determined, if some country is democratic? [closed]

It's interesting for me, how it is decided by western community. For example, we have country "A" (imagine, parliament republic), which holds elections. Note also, that it's not about "...
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Is there a democratic country that bans pre-election polls for a relatively long period before the actual elections? [duplicate]

This question is related to this answer: To make a tactical vote, you need an estimate how much votes each candidate is probably going to get. Only then, looking at the numbers, you can decide that ...
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Is democracy inherently anti-authoritarian?

I read a question asking if communism was inherently authoritarian as it is often portrayed. President Nixon often talked about countries being either communist or free. Is democracy always the ...
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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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Which President has had the greatest number of their actions ruled unconstitutional?

Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus and the court ruled that it wasn’t within his authority, I am wondering which President did the most things that the Supreme Court explicitly ruled were ...
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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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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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Why didn’t the Framers of the US Constitution clarify who has the power to suspend habeas corpus?

It seems awfully strange to mention a very strong power, that if used improperly could destroy American democracy, and not say who can invoke it. Why?
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What prevents a winning candidate from breaking their campaign promise after the election?

In theory, the citizens vote for candidate X because they share their 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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Why is Biden losing the support of non-white American Democrats?

Recently, I've read an article on Reuters (emphasis mine): However, a growing number of Americans disapprove of Biden's leadership on the economy, gun violence and taxation, with the biggest decline ...
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What keeps a democracy from disestablishing itself?

Assume a democracy where every person can vote. Now, if there was a party to say: "If we win, next time only all men are allowed to vote plus all women with dark hair." Let's assume that ...
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Are voters in the US generally aware of how and when their congressional representatives are being whipped?

I'm aware that in each house of the US congress there is a majority and minority whip tasked with, as far as I can tell from Wikipedia, voting as they are told rather than how they would choose to ...
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Is an "enlightened public" political system a form of democracy, or of technocracy/epistocracy?

I am not sure who originally came up with this idea, but in his book Against Democracy, Jason Brennan talks about a political system he calls "simulated oracle", or an "enlightened ...
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Differences in conditions of Afghanistan in 1989 vs. now?

I'm reading news about the Taliban gaining control over the country. I remember, that Najibullah's government, which was left there by the USSR in 1989 stood for three years after Soviet troops left ...
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What policies or procedures can political parties implement to prevent a takeover by those with different standards? [closed]

Term Platform - commonly used term to describe the values, principles and standards of the political party. Issue of Concern The issue of concern is the degradation of the values, principles and ...
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Does a stable democratic system support radical groups in real world? [closed]

As far as I know, a democratic system must allow (almost) all the people and groups to benefit from political-power. So, democracy makes sure that political-power is fairly distributed among all the ...
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Is the US administration obligated in any way to follow previous international agreements?

Let's consider the Paris climate agreement: Trump administration led the US to exit it Biden administration led the US back to following it Or the Iran nuclear deal: Obama administration was one of ...
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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 ...
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If the majority of people doesn't want to comply to a measure that is supposed to be taken for their own good can the measure be made obligatory? [closed]

I read the question of why vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine is not made obligatory. I think this would be different if fewer people were willing to take the vaccine. Or would this still be the ...

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