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Government of areas less abrangent than an entire country (eg. states, cities, etc.)

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What is the benefit of town twinning?

So, here in the UK most towns have several 'twin towns' in other countries. These appear to be largely ceremonial, each town will have signs mentioning the other and there may occasionally be statues, ...
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Opposite party turned away from voting when ballot is all opposing party

I tried to vote today [May 7th 2019] in my local primary city elections in Westfield, Indiana. The poll workers asked me what party I was affiliated with, when I stated I wasn't a Republican they ...
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Is there a runoff in the Chicago Mayoral elections when one candidate gets a majority in the first round?

In the recent mayoral election there were 15 or so candidates, with the top 2 going to a runoff. What would have happened if one candidate had received a majority of 51% of the vote in that election, ...
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How is Northern Ireland currently being governed with its executive vacant and its legislature suspended?

Currently, the Northern Ireland Executive is vacant while the Northern Ireland Assembly is suspended, following the resignation of deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and subsequently First ...
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Local campaign norms?

Given a local campaign, say for city council, I have the following questions: Albeit a rough estimate, how soon should a local candidate begin publicly campaigning? How many days per week does the ...
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What could a vegan mayor actually do?

Civic elections are coming up in my city, and this got me wondering... If the electorate decided to elect a mayor and council where a majority wanted to use their powers as elected officials to ...
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What's the point of offline public hearings in the 21st century?

As an example, the City of Vancouver is currently holding a public hearing on rezoning the city's neighbourhoods to allow for duplexes. As a resident of Vancouver who has an opinion on the matter in ...
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Have any studies examined differences in cities led by Dem vs Rep?

Are there studies examining various characteristics of USA cities based on the amount of time they have been governed by Democrats or Republicans? Say, things like growth rates of population and ...
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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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What are the powers of mayors in the US?

I know very little about US government and state system and only in general. I heard that, for example, US town mayor also rules town police and can change taxes. Is it true? The fact about ruling ...
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What parts of UK local election campaign literature sway votes?

At the latest local election in England, my school friend ran for office and failed to be elected. Because I've dabbled in marketing, he showed me the leaflet he posted through doors for feedback. I ...
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Why does the BBC claim that there is 'no clear winner' in England's local elections?

In the latest local elections in May, Labour won 2,350 seats (up 77), the Conservatives 1,332 (down 33). There were other parties involved, but these are the main two. The BBC has an article (2018-05-...
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What UK online newspaper portal to watch / follow? [closed]

I'm a person with social liberal views and I recently moved from Hungary to the United Kingdom. In hungarian I usually read Index.hu and 444.hu, and sometimes hvg.hu and other left, liberal voices. ...
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Why do Americans vote on coroners, magistrates, school directors, and tax collectors?

A friend of mine posted on Facebook about her recent election in Pennsylvania. The results page showed a whole bunch of results that are really, really odd to me as an Australian: Justice of the ...
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What steps can be taken to combat unfunded state and federal pension liabilities in the U.S.?

It's the growing problem that no politicians want to talk about: unfunded pension liabilities. Business Insider ran an article last year which focused on the many upcoming challenges facing U.S. ...
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Why do the BBC and the Guardian report different figures for the UK local elections?

Both the Guardian and the BBC show the same number of seats won for the council elections on the 4th of May, but give different figures for the change from the previous election. For example, the ...
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Are there any online resources for finding all public officers for a given zip code in the United States?

Looking for something akin to CallMyCongress dot com, but for local public officials. The best I can find so far through research is that some town/municipality websites are very helpful, in that ...
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Is there any US-wide collection of information about party strength in local elections?

In the US, is there anything like this list of the number of locally elected officials controlled by each party? I am aware that there are a lot of nonpartisan officeholders in minor posts in America,...
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What are the rules for filling community councillor vacancies in Wales?

When a community councillor resigns from a community council in Wales, what are the rules and requirements for filling that vacancy? I know sometimes a by-election is held and sometimes new ...
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Power distribution between the City Council and County Council in US city/counties

For example, I am looking at the Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City. SLCity is a large part of the county and both levels of government have an elected council. Furthermore the county has another ...
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Gubernatorial election 2017 in Jakarta - dates when Governor takes office

Does anyone knows when the next Governor of Jakarta will take office? I know elections are scheduled on Feb 15, 2017 but is there a fixed period for the Governor elect to actually take office ...
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Can a parish change boroughs?

In light of the recent Brexit vote, I was curious as to whether parish councils could also call for something similar, with governing borough councils if they were seen to be negligent of said parish. ...
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Is there an analysis of what levels of government makes different decisions? [closed]

In the light of the UK's impending referendum on membership of the European Union, I've been reading a bit about the distribution of powers in a layered political system. Various regions of the UK ...
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How often do local elections take place in England?

Local elections are coming up in England. When I look up Wokingham Borough local election results, it lists results from 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, and 2002. That ...
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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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Are there any major American cities that regularly experiences significant snow accumulation that do not provide snow removal services?

Are there any major American cities that regularly experiences significant snow accumulation that do not provide or organize snow removal services as a communal service by the city authority for its ...
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Why has the shooting of Laquan McDonald become a focal point of protest and media attention?

As Wikipedia puts it, "McDonald, a 17-year-old black male armed with a 3-inch (76 mm) knife, was shot 16 times in 13 seconds by Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke." However, the strong impartiality ...
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How do I find out where candidates for county-level positions stand on the issues?

Today is Election Day in the United States, and since it is an odd-numbered year, there are no national or state positions up for vote. However, my area includes elections for county-level positions, ...
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Why does “The Pechanga Coalition” have a voice in California Online Poker Politics?

So I've been trying to figure this out for weeks and I can't find the answer anywhere. No one brings this up, and maybe I'm just ignorant of how the political system works and it's perfectly normal ...
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What public policy justifications exist for giving school boards direct authority over Charter School staffing?

In a conversation with a public school teacher about the restrictions on Charter Schools in Virginia, I was led to this line in a Virginia State statute on Charter Schools: E. Nothing in this ...
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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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What state/country, given the right, refuses to reelect any previous governor/president by most consecutive time?

In Brazil, mayors, governors and president have the right of one consecutive reelection since 1998. (Such right is being reviewed at Congress right now, but it is not relevant to this question). As ...
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What impact on urban sprawl is there when each major city has its own administrative division?

Urban Sprawl is a major issue in many countries. Specifically in my country (Switzerland) it is such an issue that truly rural areas (where a majority of people don't go to a town every day to work) ...
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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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Nationally-mandated term limits for mayors?

are there any countries that impose term limits for mayors? Are there any good arguments in favour of such a rule? I could only find some links about the ambiguous situation in Portugal,
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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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Is there any research relating to reform and corruption in local and small scale authorities?

I am looking for solid evidence led input on the topic of reforming and reducing corruption (or the appearance thereof) in local authorities. Ideally this would be based in the UK as this is where the ...
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How wealthy are state legislators in Texas?

Something you see in political publications from time to time is a piece about "the top 50 wealthiest members of Congress", or "the average wealth of senators". However, I've found that information ...
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Do parties support the mayor/city council candidates in a Canadian city?

I voted in one prairie Canadian city for mayor and city council. In the country I was born, every mayor and counsellor is announced and supported by a party, which is known publicly. However, in this ...
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What is a “councilmanic tax”?

In my hometown there is an election next month for several propositions put forth. The second proposition would require any "new councilmanic tax" to be approved by the city council with a majority+1 ...
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Why three levels of territorial units in the NUTS?

The Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics is an EU standard which defines three levels of territorial units. Whether directly because of this or because of related regulations, Poland ...