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Questions tagged [parties]

Questions relating to political parties: groupings of individuals who act together to contest elections, and hold power in the government.

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Can a party unilaterally change candidates in preparation for a General election?

Can a political party unilaterally change candidates in the run up to a general election campaign? For example if too many MPs support policy X and this is seen as an electoral risk, can the party ...
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What's the youngest age when someone joined a political party in the UK?

Apparently Annunziata Rees-Mogg joined the Conservative Party, at the age of five, in 1984. So is this a record, or are are even younger examples?
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Is it possible for the two major parties in the UK to form a coalition with each other instead of a much smaller party?

For example, a coalition of Conservatives and Labour, as currently this would command a clear majority and represent a greater majority of the population. Surely representing more of the population ...
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Could a US political party gain complete control over the government by removing checks & balances?

I was talking to a friend some time ago about American politics, political parties, etc. During this conversation, I thought of something: If a single party controlled both the house and senate, they ...
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Manifesto Preparation by Political parties in India

I was browsing through the manifesto of INC for the parliamentary election, 2019. There were some really good ideas in all areas. The promises and plan of action were spread across all types of topics ...
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Were three-line whips more (or less) common before the Fixed-term Parliaments Act?

Before the Fixed-term Parliaments Act (FTPA), there was a convention that the Government effectively underwent a confidence vote on substantive issues: Confidence attached to substantive issues ...
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Does the US political system, in principle, allow for a no-party system?

And is the two-party system currently in place simply an emergent consequence of human nature? We often find that there exist sets of politically controversial claims that are strongly correlated, ...
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Aren't, in practice, the executive and legislative powers oftentimes nearly unified?

As far as I'm aware, according to the theory of separation of powers, which is considered one of the foundations of democracy, prescribes the three government powers: executive, legislative, judiciary ...
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Has a British political party ever had more women MPs than men before The Independent Group?

"The Independent Group instantly has a majority of female MPs" Esther Webber, Other than where the group of MPs is a single person (such as Caroline Lucas), has a party ever had more women MPs ...
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Why doesn't the Chinese Communist Party induct everyone into the party?

As far as I'm aware Communism is supposed to be a "dictatorship of the proletariat" and something that is by and for the people. So why doesn't the Chinese Communist Party, and similar ruling parties ...
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How to donate to most likely minor party congressional candidate in the US?

I would like to see non-major-party candidates elected to congress. I don't care which state, and I don't much care what their platform is. Are there any political organizations whose mission is to ...
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Why is “poldering” seemingly such an alien idea in the US (and other countries)?

Well it's an age old proverb that to govern is to make sacrifices. Everyone knows that with more than a trivial amount of people not everyone thinks the same as you. So one has to come up with a ...
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If conservatives don't like government, why don't they like the shutdown?

As far as I know, I have repeatedly heard a conservative stance arguing in favor of reducing government spending. But, at the same time, it appears as though politicians from across all aisles want to ...
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Is the current age-party affiliation breakdown in the US comparable to historic US breakdowns?

Pictured below is a more granular breakdown of this relationship by age. Conventional wisdom goes that people become more conservative as they grow older, or rather that people stay the same and that ...
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Why do we have political parties?

Most countries in the world have political parties. I don't however understand what their purpose is. For example, take the hypothetical question of "should we build this dam?" I would expect that ...
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Why does Belgium seem to have a more diverse legislative body that other EU countries?

Taking a look upon how legislative bodies are split between parties within Europe I have noticed that Belgium has a legislative body containing numerous political parties without one or two clearly ...
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Can an American Political Party kick out a member?

Can a United States political party kick out a member? For example, could the Republican Party have kicked Roy Moore out? I am not talking about affecting the ballot, but removing his registration as ...
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Economically social Democratic and nationalist on immigration

What would you call someone who is economically a social Democrat (supports things like Medicare for all, tuition-free college, strong labor unions, tariffs to protect manufacturing), but also ...
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Does the populist rise in Europe prove that intra-party democracy is not working?

Each party (including German and Nordic social democratic parties) has its own inner democratic election system which elects the party leaders and which proposes and changes the program of the party. ...
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Can a political party prevent their members from running for office?

Can a political party prevent their members for running for office. For example, if a political party does not want to contest a seat for a some reason, can they forbid their members from running? I ...
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How tightly is the rural/urban population ratio correlated with a state's red/blue status?

Having lived in a few areas in the U.S., I've noticed that urban cities are often (if not always) left-leaning (blue) and rural areas are right-leaning (red). Setting aside the handful of "swing ...
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Who pays for the President's campaign trips?

Not specific to any one president or party but using Trump as the most recent example. Trump has been on the road for weeks campaigning for the Republican Party midterm elections. I've searched ...
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Is a low popularity of a political party leader typically used as a reason for asking to resign within Western democracies?

Recently, the main Romanian party in power had another internal issue when some important persons asked its leader to resign via an open letter: Top politicians in Romania’s ruling Social Democrats ...
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Is there any dataset for party primaries adoption?

Is there any data set available with information about parties around the world that have adopted primary elections?
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Is the correlation between government actions and laws spurious? [closed]

Democracy is when the majority of military force in a society take an action. This is majority rule correct? So is there any difference between democracy and military rule? Has there ever been in ...
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Why does partisanship trump concerns about hypocrisy with voters?

Politicians are routinely hypocritical in support of partisan ends. I'll provide a few examples to demonstrate what I mean: When their party's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court is facing ...
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What is Pro-Europeanism?

I was reading a list of some political parties and one of them supports the idea of "Pro-Europeanism". What is that and is it supported by a lot of people?
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How does the Alliance motivate their claim to have a mandate (Swedish parliamentary elections, 2018)?

The Swedish parliamentary elections, 2018 has resulted in a deadlock: The centre-left Red-Green block, outgoing minority government, has 144 seats (was: 159). The centre-right Alliance block, ...
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Famous European Member of Cabinet “Bridge-Builder”

Are you aware of any famous recent examples (possibly supported by an article) where an European Head of Government appointed a cabinet member because of his capability to bridge the majority to the ...
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Famous appointed Bridge-Builder politicians

Are you aware of any famous recent examples (possibly supported by an article) where the US President appointed a cabinet member because of his good relationship with the opposition?
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Can straight-party voting lead to partisanship?

Has it ever been quantitatively proven that straight-party voting in a two-party federal republic (or similar system) inevitably leads to partisanship (i.e., the reluctance to compromise with one's ...
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What is the Rice Index? How does it measure party unity?

I've read that a so-called Rice index is used in political science to measure party unity. There's no Wikipedia page on this notion. How exactly is it defined? (Yes, I have jstor access and I can ...
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Can one say that US politicians are more independent from their parties than others?

On this question, a user commented: It should be noted that the US has the weakest political parties among modern democracies - that is, US politician are way more independent from their parties ...
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Why did political parties form in the United States?

In George Washington's "Farewell Address", the first President specifically warns about the dangers of political parties. He admits that people tend to naturally align in groups, but also warns that ...
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Which factors most strongly impact voter turnout in the U.S.?

Empirically, which factors most strongly impact voter turnout in the U.S.? Are they the same for all political parties? Clarification: I am not asking if one political party has greater turnout ...
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How do Google Trends results correlate with the actual party support?

Has anyone studied the correlation between party support in elections and Google Trends results? What is the conclusion? Especially I'm interested in the situation in Finland.
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Are party fractionalization and ideological polarization independent (uncorrelated)?

A bold finding of a 2008 study by Russell J. Dalton is that--across the world--party fractionalization (roughly: how many parties there are in a country's legislative bodies, technically the ...
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What supposed dynamics within the US Green Party prevent its growth?

In this recent interview, journalist Chris Hedges (the interviewer) says that: The Green party is largely dysfunctional. I've spent a lot of time with the Green Party and I won't support the ...
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Do people with Asperger's tend to be more conservative?

I myself have Asperger's syndrome. I'd like to know is there any Democrats who has Asperger's? All my friends I've talked to people/my friends who have Asperger's they are all Republican and so am I. ...
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Why don't Democrats and Republicans collude?

Why don't Democrats and Republicans collude to establish total and perpetual control of the United States? What makes them not do that? Is there any explanation other than prisoner's dilemma? This ...
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By what measures can the political power of an organization be estimated?

I asked this question earlier: Which is more dangerous to US democracy: Far-left or far-right ideologies? and after thinking about the comments received, I realized that I should start with some ...
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Is there a precedent of an European Party from European Parliament excluding a member party in the last 20 years?

Justice law changes have quite a history in Romania and European officials have warned Romanian officials about the side effects: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and First Vice ...
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Why are Democrats and mainstream media more tolerant about undocumented migrants? [closed]

I want to elaborate my question in the following. First I need to state my premises: Undocumented migrants cannot be stopped, as people have the right to pursue better life, even if it might risk ...
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Is basic information of contracts between political parties and private companies public information?

This article argues about possible connection between Cambridge Analytica and the main Romanian party in power: Rupert Wolfe Murray, a British consultant, says that Cambridge Analytica, through ...
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What are the obligations/duties of “a Democrat” vs an independent? (US House/Senate)

Over the past two years we've heard media discussions regarding whether various political figures should "run as Democrats"/"Republicans"/"Green"/other parties, or "run as independents", for the US ...
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Is there any justification for inequal distribution of wealth? Why is it right? [closed]

Is there any justification for inequal distribution of wealth? Other than wealthy wanting to retain their position and others want to raise theirs? To me it's pretty clear that in politics there are "...
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Where do local political parties in the United States get their revenues?

In the United States political parties operate at various levels including local, state, and federal. Although we commonly hear about expensive fund-raising events, local parties probably have other ...
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In U.S. local politics, what is the relationship between a campaign and a party?

The U.S. uses a weak party system: candidates can run under a party's name with little or no support or recognition from that party. In an organizational sense, how does a local political party ...
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Is there any specific governing body responsible for altering the stated platform for a political party in the United States?

Political parties in the United States have platforms under which they gather around. These can be broad or specific in scope and they can change over time. My question is whether there is a ...
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Does the increased localization of government control provide a solution to the stalemate caused by two party politics?

I was considering posting this in the Philosophy S.E., to ask if this was an example of The Middle Ground Fallacy, but then realized that my context is entirely political. Much of federal politics in ...