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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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Is there a list showing the last time each country had a peaceful transition of government?

According to a paper on the definition of democracy: The simplest definition of democracy has been given by Karl Popper: a system that makes it possible to get rid of a government without spilling ...
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Does being an informed voter always lead to good outcome? [closed]

As what the title have stated, is it always sufficient for citizens to be an informed voter to make correct voting decision for the country? Is there any real life cases whereby well-informed citizen ...
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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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Has this campaign strategy been tried anywhere before?

I was thinking of a localized direct/representative democracy hybrid, in which a local politician (thinking US House Rep for reference as the best balance of reach and scope here) holds a "referendum ...
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Is there any unwritten rule that high officials should cast a vote in spite of boycotting being a more ideologically appropriate option?

Romania has recently held a referendum to ban gay unions that eventually failed despite extended voting period (two days instead of only one). The reason of its failure was the low voter turnout (...
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Why was the arrangement made for Hong Kong to have 50 years of autonomy?

Hong Kong is entitled to a "high degree of autonomy" for 50 years which will end in 2047. Why was this agreement made and what was the thought process behind it? In my view it's a ticking time bomb ...
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How democratic was Venezuela when Hugo Chavez was elected?

How democratic was Venezuela when Hugo Chavez was elected? Freedom of speech? Level of corruption? Rule of law?
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What kind of government did Tocqueville consider the United States?

In Democracy in America does Tocqueville consider the United States a democracy, or does he have more nuanced views about the United States's form of government?
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Why didn't Orestes Brownson think that the “American form” of government is a “Mixed Government”?

In The American Republic: Its Constitution, Tendencies, and Destiny (1865), Orestes Brownson claims (ch. 1 introduction): Aristotle* knew only four forms of government: Monarchy, Aristocracy, ...
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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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Leading readings of the Guarantee Clause of the US Constitution

One of the many evergreen arguments in US politics is the nature of the Federal Government, whether it is a republic or a democracy. Part of the issue is that it is never explicitly stated in the ...
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Why don't politicians get fact checked immediately? [closed]

In this age of information and mobile phones with Google in our pocket, I ask myself, and hereby you: Why don't politicians get fact checked immediately? I guess that a lot of what a politician says ...
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Why do one party states hold elections? [duplicate]

A comment on this question led me to think. Why do one party states hold elections? And why is voter turnout so important to them?
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Should mentally retarded people be allowed to vote in a Democratic system? [closed]

I have respect to all the disabled people. The purpose of this question is to understand who is qualified to vote in a Democratic system. I hope nobody gets me wrong. We know democracy allows all ...
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Can IMF encourage countries to Democracy in exchange of loans?

In conclusion of this paper it is mentioned that: There is a robust and positive relationship between democracy and economic growth We know that, the final goal of IMF is to establishing peace, ...
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Age-weighted democracy - is it possible? [closed]

A pure democracy gives equal voting rights for voters in the society regardless of their demographics (age, gender, or ethnicity). However, in many referendums, younger voters have a different say ...
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What are the arguments to say that there is a non-democratic government in Venezuela?

After the recent presidential elections in Venezuela on May 20th, despite lots of international and neutral observers, most media keep saying that the elections were corrupted. Besides, most media ...
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Is Israel a liberal democracy? [closed]

According to Freedom House and most trustworthy well respected institutions, Israel is considered a democracy. There are regular free and fair elections and the rule of law is enforced. ...
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Is development faster in other kinds of rules compared to democracy? [closed]

Development is important for a country. It has various kinds, varying from economic to technologically. Is it so that development is faster in other kinds of rule compared to democracy? I mean is ...
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Is there a generalized theory on why nation states become democracies or autocracies?

Historically, are there common elements that have led democratic countries into their stable democracies, and if so is there political science theory that touches on this process? and conversely ...
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Should private citizens be legally allowed to sell their citizenship to a prospective buyer? [closed]

Some states give dividend to citizenships; there are movements for that. Some, like Vanuatu, allow people to buy citizenship; there are movements for that too. For background, there are a number of ...
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Why is, in some countries, some political stance underrepresented in parliament?

The question Why are "third parties" viable in many democracies but not the USA? ask why third parties don't win seats in US. The answer is simple. US got winner takes all attitude election ...
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Why is the restriction on the freedom of voters in the U.S. to choose the same President more than twice considered “democratic”? [duplicate]

From the reporting in the mainstream Western media, one might get the impression that the recent change to the Chinese constitution that allows one person to be chosen as the President of China more ...
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What can a democratic government do that an autocrat cannot? [closed]

I mean to ask are there any actions that an autocrat wouldn't have the ability to do but a democrat(small d) would. For instance prohibition, conscription or a hike in the tax rate. Things that would ...
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Can “Anti-establishment” be considered a coherent political movement?

There seems to be a long running trend in established democracies that traditional parties and candidates are losing ground to those who primarily profile themselves as "anti-establishment". ...
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Why don't US presidential candidates get thrown into jail by their opponent during election?

In Jakarta, Ahok and Anies are both running for gubernatorial election. One Anies supporter uses one of Ahok speeches to accuse him of blasphemy. Article: Ahok denies saying the Quran tricks people ...
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Is there a political term for a strong (democratic) state that has much influence in contrast to a weak one?

Some political parties (ie economic liberalism) want a "weak" state that has less influence, other seek a strong one. Is there a term that describes a (democratic) state that is a strong one?
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Where to draw a line between representative democracy and a direct democracy? [Focus on the *where*]

I realized while asking the question "Which nation is a direct democracy?" that it can't be answered without first drawing a line between a democracy direct and representative. It's not easy since ...
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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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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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Should Version Control Systems be used for legislation? [closed]

Should future democratic political systems effectively use publicly accessible version control systems, such as, (or similar to), git/Github? Legislation, laws, etc., would exist in a public ...
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Direct Democracy and Representative Democracy [closed]

Back in the days, direct democracy is where the will of the people is translated into public policy directly by the people themselves. And republic democracy was held by those eligible to vote, while ...
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What can UK citizens do to replace first past the post with a proportional representation voting system? [closed]

First past the post (FPP) is the voting system that is used in the United Kingdom to elect representatives to its lower house, the House of Commons. Due to FPP's winner-takes-all setup, voters have ...
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Tie Breaking in Final Round of Ranked Choice Vote

Been thinking about RCV a lot because Virginia (where I live) may pass a bill to use it in state elections. Also been thinking about ties in elections because one of the delegate districts here is ...
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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 ...
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Can the government use Henry VIII powers contained within EU withdrawal bill to abolish general elections?

I am currently watching the House of Parliament debate the Henry VIII Powers contained within the EU Withdrawal Bill with a great deal of concern. Can someone advise me if the Tories can use these ...
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What is the biggest flaw with this Democratic Taxation system? [closed]

Imagine a country where up to 50% of the tax dollars are allocated by the people instead of congress/government. Once a year, the citizens file a vote with their tax return, which allocates ...
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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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Are there successful opposition parties in illiberal democracies?

In the last decades a couple of illiberal democracies has emerged. It is common in these that while formally they are democracies, the democratic institutions are extremely weak, and the leaders and ...
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How to participate in politics? [closed]

I have never participated in politics (apart from voting) and am not looking to make a career in politics. However there are a few issues where I feel like I could and should make a contribution ...
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Why don't various democratic countries keep military as the 4th component of the check and balance?

We regularly see militaries seize power from Democratic governments (Egypt). In some countries, military ruled for decades (Spain), in some countries military has considerable influnce on the decision ...
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Is there a name for a voting system that is based on issues rather than people?

I'm not super familiar with the intricacies of the various voting systems, so forgive me if I'm way off in an assumption I have. However, in all election formats I know of, voters are expected to ...
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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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Is it normal for a democracy to prosecute secessionist leaders for rebellion?

As someone raised largely in the US, it would seem through my rose-colored glasses that revolution is a basic right of the citizens of any democracy. The Declaration of Independence, one of the two ...
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What is the term for the idea that everyone should vote according to their own best interests? [closed]

What is the name for the theory that democracy should work like the more optimistic theories of free market competition, where (ideally) things work best when everyone votes narrowly according to ...
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democracy in kingdom: has monarch extraordinary economic prerogative?

Has monarch extraordinary economic prerogative? do gov. consider a (very small) part of budget for queen and royal family?(besides what is for all people)
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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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How does Israel's level of corruption compare that of the West?

Alon Ben-Meir, a senior fellow in the Center of Global Studies at New York University published an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu in the Huffington Post where he wrote: The corruption and ...
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How do democracies maintain the independence of judiciary? [closed]

While a constitutional democracy requires an independent judiciary, the same cannot be elected by popular vote. One possible way is that the Executive head would appoint and promote the judges, but ...
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Why do proportional representation voting systems not evolve to first past the post systems?

The first past the post voting system tends to favour a two-party system. Suppose an election is held using a proportional representation voting system. Then suppose that the two largest parties, ...

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