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What policy arguments do people make in favor of legalizing marijuana?

I am not asking why people want marijuana legal, I am asking what arguments people make that legalizing marijuana would be beneficial to a society?
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What are the arguments made in favor of a minority government over majority government and vice versa?

What are the arguments made in favor of a minority government over majority government and vice versa? I've heard majority is better because they typically last longer, but I don't see why this is ...
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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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Why are US cabinet ministers called secretaries?

The members of the US cabinet are called secretaries. Why it is so? In what other countries besides the US and pre-WWII USSR ministers were called by a different word (in the USSR they were called ...
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How is a budget surplus different from a negative GDP to debt percentage ratio, and does the latter automatically result in the former?

I understand the question may come across broad, I am new to government economics, but I am looking for a somewhat textbook answer. I hope you can make a rational guess, if the question seems odd, as ...
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What is ISIS fighting for?

I can't find anything on the subject that isn't extremely biased in either direction... Can anyone give me a down to earth answer to what ISIS's ideology is, what exactly are they fighting for? They ...
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Why is stopping climate change prioritized significantly below the economy and other issues?

Why is climate change prioritized significantly below other issues? Is it because it is not as much of an immediate issue than, for example, reducing the government debt, raising the minimum wage, and ...
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Why has Rio Grande do Sul state (Brazil) never reelected its governor?

This question is created inspired in a comment at this related question: What state/country, given the right, refuses to reelect any previous governor/president by most consecutive time?
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Who controls the British Armed Forces?

I am trying to research this for a friend. I understand that the Government of the United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy, in which the Queen is the head of state and the Prime Minister is the ...
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What causes the 2 Party System (Australia) [duplicate]

In Australian Politics, why is the parliament only ever controlled by either a Labour or Liberal party? Is it possible for a minority party to be elected? i.e. could we have a Family First Prime ...
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Could a single Knesset member bring down a 61-member coalition?

The 20th Knesset seems to be heading for a 61-member coalition (see here). If a single member from one of the parties in the coalition decides to transfer to a party in the opposition, would that ...
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What is the role of Ministers and the Parliamentary Secretaries in Canada?

I need your help, I am looking to find more information or if someone can tell me more about What is the role of Ministers and the Parliamentary Secretaries in Canada? Look forward to your response. ...
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If there's no government, who will stop people from creating one?

How does the doctrine(s) of anarchism address the following issue? If there's no government, no army, no central police, who will stop local charismatic leaders from taking over and creating their ...
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What does it mean to have a stable government?

I am doing an assessment and I have to write about why having a stable government is attractive to illegal immigrants. I do not know what exactly a stable government is though. Does it refer to the ...
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Does a newly elected Member of Parliment in an Australian State need to resign from their prior commitments?

Queensland is about to have a State Election. For an individual to put themself forward as a candidate, they need either the support of 6 enrolled voters or the support of a registered party. If ...
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How do you get a City Clerk to open/release the Plain Text Records of Public Meetings?

a) How do you get Boston City Clerk to open/release the Plain Text Stenograph Record of Public Meetings of Boston City Council for hard of hearing, deaf, ESL English as a Second Language folks?... ...
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Is there a correlation between decentralisation of government and size of public sector?

Can someone provide sources and research for this claim? Size of public sector would be measured by number of public workers per citizen or public expenditure per citizen. There would seem that in ...
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Do women and men get paid equally in Canada?

I am wondering whether the Canadian government has rules or policies for paying people equally regardless of the gender. If not, what is the reason for the difference in earnings?
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What is the operational chain (in details?) of transferring donations to the Palestinians?

I read that there is $5.4 billion in planned donations to the Palestinians to build the Gaza Strip. I guess that all the money is foreign, and will be transferred between banks and different systems. ...
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Why do UK government ministers not vote on backbench motions?

According to the BBC: It is convention that ministers abstain when voting takes place on a backbench MP's motion What is the history and reasoning behind this convention? Is it therefore ...
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Is there any position in the U.S. Government that is not required to answer to the president?

Other than the Supreme Court and Congress, Is there any position in the US Government that is not required to answer to the President of the United States?
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Can an electoral college member vote twice for the same man?

In the electoral college, members vote for a president and vice president in order to get both positions. Could they just vote for the same man twice for president (thus giving up the vice presidency ...
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Where Does Money from the EU's Microsoft Fine Go?

There are cases when a government will bring charges against an organization which includes a fine. One case I think of is the EU fining Microsoft millions because they bundled their media player ...
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Why does the new Australian Senate first sit so late?

I don't quite understand why the new Senate does not come into effect until 1 July, operating with the previous election's results, when the new House of Representatives sits almost immediately after ...
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What is the real role of the queen in UK in these days? [duplicate]

What is the role in the government or social of this Queen in UK in these days?
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What is the role and responsiblity of the king in Spain in the Spanish government?

What is the role of the king, socially or politically, in Spain? Recently Spain's monarch abdicated his throne for his son. See info
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Where can I see the total compensation (by year?) of each of the employees of the UN?

For example, I read that Ban Ki Moon gets $227,253. But that is only the base salary. it does not include expenses, over-time, and benefits and bonuses. Is there a website or a spreadsheet that lists ...
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Why is the speaker of the House of Representatives an MP?

The Speaker of the House of Representatives (Australia) is currently Bronwyn Bishop and there was, the other day, some issues raised over her bias. This led me to pose the question - why is the ...
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what is the difference between political system and government?

I want to know what is the difference between political system and government ?
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Government without opposition [closed]

What would happen if a ruling government has no opposition? What would be its effect to the people and development? Am referring to a scenario where the opponent the president or governor has been ...
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Is there such a thing as a single dissolution?

In Australia, there is the possibility that we may face a double dissolution in the Federal Parliament because one of the taxes that Tony Abbott promised to abolish was knocked back in the Senate. I ...
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Are there UN norms for a government change?

In another question a comment mentioned that the change in government in the Ukraine conformed to UN norms. Do such UN norms for government changes (e.g. impeachment of the president) exist? If so, ...
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Can lies in a bio or under oath remove a politician from office or cause other legal trouble?

Wendy Davis, a Texan Democrat candidate, made false statements about her past. She said how she was single at 19 when she'd actually gotten divorced at 21. Davis might have separated from her ...
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Government Oversight Committee

How is a committee, for example, the House Intelligence Committee formed, how do the people that oversee the intelligence agencies get selected?
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What should every individual know about their country's politics? [closed]

I know there won't be a short answer for this. But still, I want to ask this question. I have always come across two kind of people. The ones who are much more knowledgeable about politics and the ...
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What are the main obstacles for implementing a Resource Based Economy as proposed by Jacque Fresco?

I couple of years ago I saw these movie about The Venus Project and was very exited about it but after reading a couple of books (The Blank Slate, How the mind works) from Steven Pinker it seems to me ...
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Will government workers furloughed during the shutdown be paid later?

When the government of the United States of America reopens, will furloughed government workers be paid for the missed time?
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Can I recall my US Senator or Representatives in Congress?

I live in Texas, is there an effective proceedure to recall my senator or representatives in Congress? Has an online petition ever been effective at recalling a Senator or Congressman?
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What does shutting down the government mean?

What does it mean for a government to be shutdown, and how does it affect the nation?
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How can we define which EU countries are giving more power to regions? Which patterns are used to evaluate it?

It is common in Spain to say that the Autonomous communities have the highest level of autonomy among the European Union: they have a lot of power in the areas of taxes, laws, etc. I also heard about ...
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Petition the President to pardon Snowden? [closed]

Would a petition to the President to pardon Snowden be popular? What kind of political group believes Snowden should absolutely be punished?
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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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Ministry of Knowledge Economy of South Korea

South Korea had a ministry called Ministry of Knowledge Economy. In 1948, it was Ministry of Commerce in the First Republic of South Korea. In 1993 it was merged with the Ministry of Energy, ...
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Democratic governments seizing financial assets during financial crisis?

I was reading about the Greek haircut last year when the EU along with the Greek government forced bond holders to accept a 75% haircut on their assets. I remember Germany doing something similar at ...
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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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How does the UK welfare system compare with other wealthy European nations?

Many citizens of the UK believe that the government are too much of a "soft touch", and that it is too easy to claim state welfare for a multitude of reasons (disability, housing, childcare, job ...
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Is it allowed in the United States to advertise for a peaceful political meeting in social networks against the government?

Is it completely illegal and do people who have committed it have to face fines and punishments? I asked because the same matter has negative consequences in some other countries.
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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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Forming national-agreement government in Nepal? [duplicate]

Nepal is one of the developing Himalaya countries [with Mt. Everest] in south Asia in between India and China. For about 10 years, there was an armed civil war led by NCP(Maoist). After peace talk ...
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List of countries that includes how much of the workforce is employed by the government

Where can I find a list of European/World countries by government workers per capita or as a percentage of total workforce? I can't seem to find it on Eurostat. It would be interesting to see the ...