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

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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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Resources for growing pan-European political movement from a single web page (or Google group)? [closed]

I am not satisfied with the present European social democrats (and there is no chance to overt this establishment) and hence and I am considering to grow pan-European reinvented social liberal ...
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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 ...
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Is there a correlation between libertarianism and IQ?

I suppose higher IQ people tend to be more innovative and will make more money when there is no regulation. I think they are more likely to be libertarian. Also higher IQ people are more likely to ...
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Merger of two or more political parties in U.S

Is there any process which allows merger of two or more political parties in U.S. if leaders of both parties are ready for a merger . Has such a thing ever occurred in history of US ?
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Was any reason indicated for Marine Le Pen's choice about the party's new name?

According to this article (also confirmed by BBC), Marine Le Pen proposes National Front changes name to National Rally: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has proposed her National Front ...
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Rise of the Movimento Cinque Stelle (“Five Stars Movement”)

What are the factors that have contributed to the rise of the Movimento Cinque Stelle in Italy? Why has it gained popularity?
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Where can I find official reasoning for political stances?

I am attempting to write down my thoughts on the increasingly popular issue of gun control in America. I am generally disgusted by politics as a whole, as what I've seen of it generally devolves into ...
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Can foreigners be members in German parties and fully participate in them?

The Bild recently argued against political participation by foreigners in the German party SPD. It seems that one doesn't need to be a German citizen to be a member of the SPD and take part in party ...
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Political parties active in multiple countries

The political party Sinn Féin is active in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Of course, the desire of Sinn Féin is for a United Ireland, in which Northern Ireland becomes part of the ...
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Defection to Another Party

Is it legal in the United Kingdom for an elected parliamentarian (considering both houses)to switch parties? If not, what action is taken against the person?
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What value does a modern (late 20th centrury, 21st century) political platform have in the United States?

Background Political parties in the United States spend a lengthy amount of time generating platforms for their parties. A few examples are the Republican Party platform, the Democratic Party ...
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Who is Senate Majority Leader if the parties are tied with a 3rd party president?

Since the Senate relies heavily on the majority party's leader, what would happen in the unlikely event that the two major parties are tied in the Senate, and the President/VP are third-party or ...
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What caused a massive shift in Republican ideological trajectories in the late '70s?

On a post on Skeptics.SE I saw recently, there was a chart showing the ideological position of the political parties over time: (source) As you can see, both parties were drifting more liberal ...
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What mischief could be caused by joining a political party in bulk?

In the New Statesman, George Eaton noted that the UK Conservative Party (currently in power as the larger member of a coalition) is experiencing such low membership that it is vulnerable to "entryism",...
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Reaction to uncommon combinations of viewpoints in the US political culture [closed]

Triggered by this question which bluntly states what is to be expected from left and right: I noticed that in fact opinions about different political topics seems to be very uniform in both Democratic ...
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Are there examples of “guerrilla politics” being effective in an European country?

At the end of 2017, Romanian Parliament tried to make controversial changes to criminal laws and other laws that might severely influence justice independence, leading to protests and external ...
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Do laws prevent a candidate from choosing a particular party affiliation?

Let's say a candidate is running for a federal office, like house or senate. And let's assume they have the minimum requirements to run (often age, citizenship, district/state residence, and some ...
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To what extent do religious congregations in the US advocate a political party?

In the United States, to what extent do religious congregations advocate a political party, candidate, or political spectrum (liberal vs conservative)? The geological scope of my question is just the ...
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Why do we need static coalitions?

By the German constitution, every member of parliament has to adhere to their conscience only. In reality, the parties on the parliament usually vote unanimously for some bill. The parties that are ...
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How predictive of the House Popular Vote is the Generic Ballot?

The site FiveThirtyEight has an "updating estimate of the generic ballot, based on polls that ask people which party they would support in a congressional election". My question is predictive of the ...
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Does anyone control the brand name of global parties, such as the Pirate or Green party?

There are currently Pirate parties in 40 countries and Green parties in 52 countries. But is there an organization which owns the rights to the Pirate/Green party brand? Or can anyone go ahead and ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic Nomination?

I recently read a few news articles talking about a class action lawsuit against the DNC for cheating Bernie Sanders out of the primaries. Is there any truth to these claims that there were concerted ...
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Are the PKK and PYD's positions unpopular among Iraqi Kurds?

The Kurdistan Democratic Solution Party, which seems to be the counterpart of the PYD in Syria and the PKK in Turkey, failed rather miserably in 2 KRG parliamentary election campaigns. Is it because ...
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What attributes, criteria, or other factors can be used to measure to health of a political party?

Looking at political parties objectively, is there any way to externally assess the health of such an organization? Some examples could be leadership, communication approach, internal and external ...
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What is the immigration policy among different German parties?

With the election coming next month, the immigration policy should be one of the primary issues on the election. I know AfD strictly opposes to the immigration, while Merkel's CDU generally support ...
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Why are “the rich” more able to identify the party which represent their interests than “the poor”?

Consider the following premises, for which I think there is fair degree of consensus (at least according to my knowledge of political history of Latin America, but perhaps more broadly): the majority ...
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Do national political parties in the US exist in student government? (College)

I'm curious if any parties running for student government, i.e. student unions, ever run as Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Green, Socialist, etc?