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Questions on the history of politics, political action and political debate, as well as historical political figures, heads of state etc. Also including any historical political actions and situations which may be of relevance to modern day scenarios.

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Why do NOAA and the USPHS have uniformed services?

Most Americans (and likely many folks around the world) think of the US military as comprising the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. However, there are also the United States ...
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Why do some muslim countries ban polygamy?

Islam allows men to have up to 4 wives (simultaneously). Why would an overwhelmingly Muslim country, such as Turkey or Tunisia, ban polygamy? Not banning it would of course not prevent most people to ...
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Why do members of parliament address the speaker instead of speaking normally?

This seems to be a common tradition across many legislatures and houses of parliament, there is a "speaker" (a bit of a misnomer as this person is more of a listener), and the actual person doing the ...
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Were Presidents known to have discussed classified things with their wives?

Are there any historically known examples (from memoirs, letters, testimony etc...) of US Presidents discussing classified things with their spouses/lovers?
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Regarding critics towards the New Deal

I am a Danish student writing a paper on the Great Depression, and the political initiatives after the crash focusing on the New Deal. But I've had a problem finding sources of prominent people (With ...
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How often have majority parties plummeted in support in one election in democracies?

While voters in democracies usually only incrementally change the party that they support relative to a prior election, every now and then, a party will go from being a leading or majority party, to ...
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Have permanent US residents ever before been subjected to restrictions based on their origin country?

President Trump's recent executive order temporarily barring nationals of 7 countries from entering the U.S. included those who originated from one of those countries, are not citizens of the U.S., ...
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Why there are no modern examples of governments (rather than parliaments) allocated proportionally?

It is relatively common to elect a legislature through proportional representation. A party or a coalition of parties then forms a government. Why there is no modern example of governments being ...
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Why do some countries recognise Taiwan as the sole legitimate government of China?

There are some countries that recognise Taiwan (Republic of China) as the sole legitimate government of China instead of the People's Republic of China. Recently, just a few days ago, São Tomé and ...
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Precedent for a sitting President not residing in the White House?

Was there ever any precedent set, for a sitting President of the United States to not have resided in the White House during the entirety or parts of his tenure ? Note : Other than when it was ...
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Is the Russian legislature unusually enthusiastic about Trump's victory?

It has been widely reported that, upon the announcement of Donald Trump's victory in the American presidential election, the Russian Duma erupted into applause. These reports are sometimes alarmist ...
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Were there any U.S. Presidents that were very unpopular when elected?

I've read in a few news sources that whoever wins the current 2016 presidential election will already have generally low (below 45%) favorability among the general U.S. population, even among people ...
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Is Trump's focus on Clinton's emails beneficial to his campaign?

As most know, Trump has been making a significant deal out of the Clinton email issue, with a resurgence on the topic occurring recently due to certain comments from the FBI investigator. Is there ...
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Was Conservatism Edmund Burke's child?

As I understand it, Conservatism, as a term and ideology, can be traced back to Anglo-Irish politician Edmund Burke. He espoused a civil society upheld by, as he saw it, the then pillars of ...
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Have any other Republican candidates for Congress accepted only the Democratic nomination? vice versa?

Bill Shuster inherited PA's 9th congressional district from his father in 2002. In most election cycles, he runs unopposed as the district is mostly Republican. This primary season he won the ...
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What precedes the end of a Democratic Government? [closed]

Democracies allow people to participate equally, whether directly or indirectly, though there is a significant level of variation in how they are implemented. I expect that a democratic form of ...
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What is the “Bangladesh Rule”?

I came across this comment in a news blog today: This reminds me of one of my dad’s old journalism dicta: The Bangladesh Rule. This rule states that the further away from a news event the reporting ...
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When, how and why did the stars in the logo of the Republican Party get turned upside down?

Note: I'm not making any claims here, I'm simply asking for the story behind the logo change. Here is the current logo of the US Republican Party: The stars used to point upwards, like this: This ...
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Is Obama the first American president to ever visit Hiroshima?

In most articles about Obama's visit to Hiroshima, they say that the visit is the first to Hiroshima by a sitting U.S. president. This implies that there may have been visits by presidents before or ...
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Why are only certain professions able to countersign passport photos in the UK?

Current law says that passport photographs may only be countersigned by persons within certain professions, and only once such a person has know the applicant for at least two years, specifically the ...
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Why is there no rise of extreme-left in present-day Europe?

Back in the early 1930s, the economical crisis lead to huge increase of extreme-right and extreme-left parties all over countries which were victims of the crisis. Today following the 2008 crisis a ...
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In what sense did Jefferson consider the right to life “unalienable” in light of his support for capital punishment?

Thomas Jefferson famously wrote in the 1776 Declaration of Independence that, "All men ... are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the ...
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How applicable is the “Biden rule” to McConnell's arguments?

Mitch McConnell recently cited the "Biden rule" as justification for rejecting a SCOTUS nomination. What are the parallels between the current situation, and the situation when Biden made the cited ...
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How did the Russian Politburo (Bolshevik) elect its leaders?

As far as I understand, when Stalin got to lead the Politburo there was not a vote for leadership but it was whoever showed that they had the most power. But how can you quantify power? Did they find ...
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Any sources on day to day governance in the ancient world? [closed]

I’m looking for good sources on governance in the ancient world. Specifically, I’m trying to find sources that can help me from the development of a new city (ie something like the foundation of a ...
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Source for Full Text of 1875 French Constitutional Laws

After some frustrating research, I have still failed to find a full English text of the 1875 French constitutional laws. Where can I find it, or where is a good place to continue searching?
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Could Bill Clinton have won a third term?

This may straddle the line between politics and history at this point, but if we didn't have the 22nd Amendment, which limits Presidents to two terms, could Bill Clinton have won a third term? ...
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Who swears in the Speaker of the House when the speaker-elect is Dean of the House?

What are the rules on this matter? In 1955, who sworn in Sam Rayburn? Sam Rayburn was Dean of the House during January 3, 1953 to November 16, 1961. Where can I find the official records on the ...
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What is “The Post” in “First Past The Post” voting?

In First Past The Post voting: Voters put a cross on a ballot paper next to their favoured candidate and the candidate with the most votes in the constituency wins. – electoral-reform.org.uk What ...
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During the decades leading up to the Great War, in which governments was realism highly concentrated?

Searching the 1905-1915 period, and I have been so far unable to find much information concerning how realism affected the decision-making processes of countries at the time. Which countries at this ...
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What does this statement in the 1978 Constitution of the Russian SFSR mean?

I didn't know where to ask this question, so I am asking it here since it does involve politics to some extent. Full Constitution (In Russian) Here is the statement In Russian: Статья 147. ...
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Countries where rich people have more votes?

For example: one man with income 1,000$/month has only one vote, another man with income 5,000$/month has 5 votes. Are/were there any such countries? There were many countries where diffrent ...
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Who had more power in the Weimar Government? The President or the Chancellor?

This is referring to the Weimar government before Hitler rose to power- how much power did the original constitution give to each?
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Undemocratic systems that shift from democratic systems without violence

Thinking about the rising power of multinational corporations over national governments, I've been debating with a friend on how the seemingly more and more obsolete democratic systems like in the US ...
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What causes Scotland to be a country, but not Brittany?

I could use many examples here from European history, but I think (for several reasons) the most pertinent example would be Brittany. Historically, it was a completely independent country, and it ...
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Why do many international organizations have their headquarters in Geneva?

Geneva was the headquarters of League of Nations even though it did not participate in WWI. It has the UNOG from 1946 though Switzerland has not joined UN till 2002. It was the headquarters of OPEC ...
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Was there any war Russia has ignited that was NOT explained by its “support” of a newly-created “People's Republic”?

This excerpt of a Russian newspaper says: On December 4 {1939}, comrade Molotov has telegraphed to Avenol. In his answer, he stated that there are no reasons for raising "Finnish question", since ...
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What is the origin of the idea that money is somehow special as far as “fairness” in political thinking?

What is the origin of development of the idea in political/philosophical thinking that money/wealth is somehow special as far as the idea of "fairness"? What are the reasons cited by that development ...
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Why aren't the Jewish settlements legal under International Law, Canon Law, US domestic law, and historic rules for obtaining sovereignty?

The Supreme Council of the Allied Principal War Powers recognized the Jewish People as the owners of the political rights to Palestine, but put them in trust for World Jewry until they attained a ...
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Which is the top total tax-revenue increase in the Western World since the Great Depression?

I am interested in knowing about the biggest increases in the total tax revenue as a percentage of the GDP. Total includes everything. In particular it includes: direct and indirect, federal, regional,...
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Using weapons and militancy by enlightened forces as a tool for self defense

I am working over paper regarding usage of militancy (using armed tactics) by legitimate political forces to safeguard themselves from their opponents who are also heavily armed. Let's say a ...
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What is Nixon's wage and price control

In August 15th, 1971 Nixon froze prices and wages change. What was Nixon's wage and price control's impact on the economy, why was it necessary and what happened when it was released, that caused ...
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Non-Biased Listing of Party Accomplishments

I was wondering if there is truely any place on the internet where one can see a non-biased list of political party contributions to there respective country (for me specifically Canada)? I find it ...
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Is there an alternative to Wikipedia? [closed]

The Internet is a powerful thing. I research the Web on a daily basis for my job, especially the StackExchange web sites, because I can find answers to specific technical questions. But then, I know ...
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Which country had the first constitution adopted by referendum?

Which country was the first to adopt a codified constitution by a reasonably democratic public referendum? I'm including in this non-binding referendums, such as those held in the Australian colonies ...
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What was the first law that was passed after the formation and acceptance of the Constitution in the United States?

The Constitution of the United States set forth the procedure whereby laws could be enacted. After the Constitution was accepted by the various states and the proper statesmen were elected, what was ...
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Did the British government call American revolutionaries terrorists?

Did the British government officially call American revolutionaries "terrorists" or any acts of theirs "terrorism"? If they did, was it justified under modern common-denominator definition of ...
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Did 'State' mean the same thing as today's 'country' during the time of the foundation of the USA?

It has been said that during the 18th century, the term State meant what we now refer to as countries. In other words, modern developments notwithstanding, did each US State start out as countries, ...
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How significant was Chernobyl in the collapse of the Soviet Union?

In 2006, Mikhail Gorbachev called the Chernobyl accident the "real cause" for the collapse of the Soviet Union: The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl 20 years ago this month, even more than my launch ...
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Why is Japan more revisionist about its World War II era actions than Germany?

Germany and Japan both committed horrific crimes against humanity in the lead up to, and during world war II. Both countries are now more or less democracies. Yet the two countries seem to have dealt ...