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What does the government (of the US for example) want with respect to the population? [closed]

I meant do they want the various groups, races, classes of people to get along with each other? Or do they want to divide and conquer? Which one of the two approaches is more advantageous to a ...
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What is the importance and value of centralized government?

What can a centralized government do that an "uncentralized" government (like that of the United States under the Articles of Confederation) cannot do, concerning trade, taxes, defense, and the ...
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Could Venezuela be considered a Dictatorship?

Here, Cuba is compared against Venezuela, in an attempt to determine why the economy of the latter has failed. One of the assertions, that Venezuela is a Dictatorship (ignoring the socialist modifier ...
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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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What is the difference between the British concept of a county and the American concept of a county? (If any)

In the UK you have county cricket, this gives me the idea that a county in the UK is something akin to a province or a state. In the US I have heard people speak of the county coroner, which seems ...
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Are there any variants of capitalism that treat states themselves like some form of corporation?

The states have to compete like corporations. States run inefficiently will have jobs, capital, and whatever moved to China. So the president is like the CEO. The customers are the population, the ...
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Power structure of French vs. German federalism [closed]

While Germany is a federation of states, France has chosen to devolve some of the power to its regional governments. How has this affected the development of these countries? Has one system fared ...
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A King and a President?

What kind of government would I have if there was a Republic with an elected president as-well as a hereditary monarch?
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Atlantean Form of Government

In Critias, Plato says that the 10 Atlantean kings held a meeting every other 5 or 6th year alternately. In the meeting they would consult their common interests, inquire if anyone had transgressed ...
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Political rule by council

What is the name of the political system ruled by nonelected council? Similar to corporate rule. I call it councilism, but looking for better name.
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Is there an active government that grants rights to the governed?

Does there exist a current model of government, actively practiced, based on the concept that rights are granted from the Government to the people? This would be a contrast of the model of government ...
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What would a government be called if the citizens elected a ruler, but this ruler got all the power?

Assume there was a fantasy world in which a ruler was elected to become "king". This king election would be completely democratic and fair. Then, when the king is elected, he or she has absolute power ...
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Is there something inherently better in a 3-branch government system?

I will make mine this question: Is there something innate about the 3-branch-government design, or is its prevalence (even degraded) only a historical function? While thinking about it, I have to ...
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Does a one-party system of government preclude it from being a Republic?

As I understand it, to be a Republic: decision makers are elected and the rule of law via is codified via a constitution. If there is but a single party, and officials are elected by the people, is ...
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How many dictatorships governments does the US currently support? [closed]

How many dictatorship governments are there in the world currently and how many of them are supported by the US. It can be economic or military support.
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Presidential vs Parliamentary system of governmet

Do we differentiate the title of the leader of a parliamentary system as (Prime Minister) from the title of the leader of a presidential system as (President)?
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What is the difference between a Republic and a Representative Democracy?

What is the difference between a Republic and a Representative Democracy? Are these the same thing and merely an issue of semantics, or is there a functional difference?
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Create a System of government that uses the Stack Exchange system to make decisions

Stack exchange seems to brilliantly and concisely match an answer to a question and more key has a great way of ranking the 'correct' or most efficient answer based on merit or efficacy. Can we ...
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Has any government commisioned a study of whether its people are better or worse off financially with government? [closed]

Seems to me that human society is currently based mostly on a circular argument of government being valid because government says so. Has any government ever conducted a study to see whether its ...
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Can a country without a constitution be a Constitutional Monarchy?

I am doing research on the subject of false-authority. The most objective thing to base it on seems to come from the soundness of the terms governments use to define themselves. One of the main ...
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Successful non-democracies?

Those of us in the US, and I'm pretty sure this is true in many other first world nations, are indirectly preached the gospel of democracy in school. It's pretty much implied that Democracy is the ...
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Why do dictators always repress their people?

For example what's in North Korea right now - people are given minimal privileges - why is this? Aren't there some country which is both democratic and dictatorship? Like there is a single person ...
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Is there any term/discussion on a democracy that allows earning of extra votes?

This is just a random idea for a goverment I had, not saying it is a better one then the current democracy, only that it is an interesting concept and I'm curious to think about how would would work. ...
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Is there a name for this form of government?

What I'm thinking of is a central government that is divided into partitions, each partition designated to govern over a given field (topic, subject), and each partition having elected representatives ...
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Muamar Gadafi and Libya (military intervention by NATO)

What really was the problem with the late Gaddafi's Leadership as the president of Libya. What possibly would have led NATO signatories (UK,US and Britain) to be all over His rule and yet the citizens ...
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In Canada, is a crown corproation the same as a federal government corporation

For example, the CPPIB is listed as a crown corporation. Does this mean it is a public sector company? The same as a federal government company? I am considering applying for a job here. All I want ...
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Is the United States of America a Democracy?

I've read various pieces arguing that the USA is not a democracy, but a (fill in the blank, ex., a Republic). Perhaps there is no perfect fit, but which form of government does the USA most closely ...
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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 are the most basic, yet distinct forms of government?

I have been given an assignment in one of my Computer Science classes where I have to give a design for a game we're supposed to develop. Without getting into too much detail, the game is about people ...
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What is Hong Kong's form of government?

The Chief Executive is the head of the government in Hong Kong, but he/she is not publicly voted for, but rather is chosen by an election committee. In some ways, this is like a democracy, but in ...
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What form of government does StackExchange resemble?

It's not representative democracy, because the decisions are taken by the entire community, but they are weighted :P The closest one that comes into my mind is the "Venus project" :)