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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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If Urban locations tend towards liberalism what will increased urbanization do to liberal views?

The link between liberal view and urban locations, and conservative views with rural locations, is well documented and has proven true across many first world nations. However many nations are ...
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Explanation of politics in UK [closed]

I am not from the United Kingdom, but I am interested in knowing how things are going in there. So I was looking for a brief explanation on these things: the structure of politics and distribution of ...
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Aren't PMs resigning months before the end of their term tactically beneficial to their successors?

I can't help recognising a pattern in the last week's resignation of Jacinda Ardern less than a year before the end of her 2nd term: John Key did the same near the end of his 3rd. What happens next is ...
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Which electoral systems minimise the extent to which political parties control who gets elected?

Political parties are, obviously, very important in democratic systems. Most candidates will be selected by a party. But many systems make it easy for the party to control which specific members end ...
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Do major parties have explicit long-term agendas?

Major parties in two-party-dominated states (e.g. US and UK) have clear reputations, we can look at the laws they pass and listen to what pundits say about them. I have never read a manifesto (maybe I ...
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How does India's BJP maintain party discipline over 180 million party members?

Being the world's largest political party, with such an enormous membership roll, the methods and techniques used by the BJP to maintain discipline must necessarily be very effective for any coherent ...
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What limitations exist for a candidate to claim party membership if they're not an official member?

For example, if Donald Trump lost a primary in 2024, he could still run for president. If so, he might theoretically want to appeal to Republican voters by claiming to be "the real republican ...
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Who exactly has the authority to expel members from the Conservative Party?

Today William Wragg MP made remarks in Parliament in which he undertook to vote in line with a three-line whip on a vote described as a confidence motion in the Government. The reason he gave – for ...
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Countries with a very plural congress/parliament

As Brazil heads toward it's runoff, one striking feature is that it's very multiparty. No party has more than 13/81 and 77/513 senate and house seats, respectively (about 15%). Are there any countries ...
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How is a party's alignment decided in the NI assembly?

Political parties in NI are classified as unionist, nationalist, or other. The DUP is unionist, and Sinn Féin is nationalist. The centrist Alliance is other, as is the far-left People Before Profit. ...
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Are there any good modern analyses capturing the multidimensional nature of the political positions of parties and voters?

During the Heath/Wilson era of British politics (the 1960s and 1970s for those not old enough to remember it) there was a great deal of debate trying to understand the shifting mix of policies of the ...
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Given how popular Democratic positions on many issues are why don't Democrats win landslides?

We see polls on most issues where Democrats positions are more popular across the board. Yet the nation is more evenly divided in with Democrats only having a slight but surprisingly durable edge in ...
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What distinguishes the Brothers of Italy from other (populist or far) right-wing parties in Italy?

Apparently the Brothers of Italy are favorites in the upcoming election, although they are part of a coalition with Lega etc. What sets the Brothers apart from other Italian parties in the same zone ...
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How can we identify if a certain political strategy led to the popularity of a party?

Suppose there is a political party X with a set of policies Y, how could we identify from the set of policies y, those policy which led to popularity of a party? The motivation for the question was ...
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Is it a criminal offence to vote more than once in a UK party leadership election?

Ballots for the election of the leader of the UK Conservative Party have the following statement: It is an offence to vote more than once. Any member who attempts to do so will have their membership ...
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In what Western Countries has any party or coalition been elected gaining a supermajority or such majority permitting constitutional amendments?

For the sake of the argument, the "Western" countries should include all Member States of the EU, and countries conventionally understood to be part of the "West". Any time after ...
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Why did Virginia turn blue after G.W.Bush?

The historical map of presidential elections shows that Virginia was for decades a red state till 2008, when Obama won this state. Interestingly enough, since then it has always voted for Democrats. ...
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What happened to most of Five Star Movement (M5S) deputies since the 2018 election?

If I'm not mistaken, the Five Star Movement (M5S) won 227 seats in lower house in the 2018 election. But they only have 100 now. I see that 53 deputies split to De Maio's new party/group (Together for ...
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Does Russia have a troop-surge party?

Back in early 2008 (for instance) there was a Gallup poll on whether the US public approved of the (then) troop surge in Iraq. Somewhat unsurprisingly [to me], in that instance the results were fairly ...
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Why is Communism singled out as a totalitarian party in US immigration laws?

US Immigration laws state (D)Immigrant membership in totalitarian party (i)In general Any immigrant who is or has been a member of or affiliated with the Communist or any other totalitarian party (or ...
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What do politicians do? [closed]

I do not have much familiarity with politics other than being aware of how politicians are portrayed in the public, including a bunch of jokes made about them. So, in reality, what do politicians do (...
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List of communist subdivisions in existing countries

Half a year ago I found a list of existing communist subdivisions in different countries, but now I cannot find it anymore. That list consisted of 7-10 entries, and definitely listed Kerala state in ...
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Why didn't the totalitarian parties in the 20th century use the "big tent" strategy?

I see that ‘big tent’ or ‘catch-all’ parties are quite popular in modern politics. However, the autocrats of the past took the opposite view: Before we can unite, and in order that we may unite, we ...
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Why was the Socialist Party of Ukraine excluded from the Socialist International (in 2011)?

The SPU was once a real player in Ukrainian politics, but it last had sets in the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) in 2006. They were excluded from the Socialist International in 2011, but the ...
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Has there been a reaction from the West's Left to Ukraine's suspending of some "socialist" political parties (for alleged ties to Russia)?

A few days ago Ukrainian government suspended 11 political parties with links to Russia(original order here), specifically: Opposition Platform - For Life, Shariy Party, Nashi, Opposition Bloc, Left ...
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What is the sentiment inside the United Russia party now? [closed]

The United Russia party controls its country, so I assume that most people affiliated with this party support the Ukraine occupation. Has anyone in this party publicly come out opposing the Ukraine ...
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Are there any hard-line anti-Russian parties in Europe?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the degree, and risks, of Europe's economic ties to Russia. I wonder if there is a party that takes a hardline anti-Russian stance? The positions I'm ...
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How can parliament members in party-list systems faithfully represent their voters?

Suppose you are a newly-elected parliament member. You want to faithfully represent your voters, so you want to ask for their opinion on issues discussed in the parliament. If you are in a regional ...
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Can political parties expel "members"? [duplicate]

What exactly is the status of a "member" of a political party in the United States? As far as I can tell there is no formal organization of political parties such as the "Democratic ...
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How is Portugal's Social Democratic Party "center right"?

Some news articles about Portugal describe "the center-right Social Democratic Party" in opposition to the "center-left Socialist Party". In most of Europe, Social Dems are left or ...
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Are There Countries Beside The USA That Have Partisan Elected Officials Run Elections?

In the United States, the predominant election administrators are county clerks elected as partisan elected officials, and state level secretaries of state, who are elected as partisan elected ...
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How do parliments in countries with Hemicycle shapes decide who is more left/right wing?

In governments with a hemicycle shaped parliment, left wing parties and right wing parties tend to sit on the side of the parliment that more closely matches their ideaology. However I was wandering ...
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Germany: how [un]common is it for chancellor candidates to not be leader of their own party?

Apparently Olaf Scholz is/was not the leader of the SPD, despite being the SPD's chancellor candidate. In 2019, Scholz wanted to become SPD chairman. However, in a membership vote, he lost out to ...
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What exactly is the difference between an NGO and a political party?

What exactly is the difference between an NGO and a political party? They’re both volunteer-based groups formed to promote certain political viewpoints in public government. Both are primarily funded ...
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Why are PiS and Fidesz split over Russia (and Ukraine)?

Apparently formalizing an (EP) alliance between Poland's ruling party PiS and Hungary's ruling part Fidesz, despite numerous ideological similarities, might be held back by differences over Russia and ...
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What is the meaning of "political affiliation" when you register to vote? [duplicate]

When you register to vote, one of the boxes you have to check is one for "party affiliation". What is the meaning of "party affiliation"? Does it mean that one is "locked"...
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What is a "sticker candidate"?

I'm looking through old election returns and saw that a candidate in the 1942 Michigan Senate election is listed as a "sticker candidate". What is a "sticker candidate"?
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Is the US developing an informal form of party discipline? [closed]

In US elections, candidates are elected individually. However, most recent elections track closely with each other in terms of partisan vote choice. The reason this is relevant is in the past, there ...
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Why does the government formation process tend to be so fast in Denmark?

In Denmark, the government formation process after each general election tends to be extremely fast by European standard. In fact, the last government formation only took 20 days after the 2019 ...
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Why doesn't the US have party discipline?

Two Senators are refusing to vote for Joe Biden's infrastructure bill, so I was wondering why the U.S does not have a party discipline system. As the name suggests, if a majority of people in a party ...
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Is it better to vote for underdog or second candidate in order to lower the top candidate chances?

In Czech Republic there will be parliament elections soon. There are two major coalitions which have similar chance of winning (lets call them A and B). I prefer the B wins, even though I don't align ...
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Political & electoral fallout from low vaxx rates among Republicans? [closed]

CNN published an article yesterday that outlined how states with the lowest vaccination rates, highest case rates, and (critical to this question), highest death rates are all run by Republican ...
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What would be the political effects of the implementation of a Bhutan-like electoral system on a federal state? [closed]

Bhutan has a unique political system, in which elections to the National Assembly ( the lower house of the bicameral Bhutanese parliament ) happen in two rounds. In the first round, a nationwide vote ...
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What does the AP mean by a "party split" regarding Biden's 'Build Back Better Plan'?

In a recently published article, the Associated Press lead with the headline Biden meets with Democrats as $3.5T plan faces party split. (Multiple other news sources followed.) However, nowhere in ...
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Why do one-party states still have a party at all?

In single-party states like the former eastern bloc (Soviet Union, East Germany, ...), there is only one dominant party. One thing that has always bothered me is that this is a contradiction in itself:...
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What's the Spanish PP position on masks?

The People's Party (PP) made headlines for winning a large share of votes the Madrid local election for their anti-lockdown stance. I've also read that: [The] Spanish parliament has approved a ...
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What are some of the biggest differences between Germany's SPD and The Greens?

At glance, the SPD and green party in Germany seem to pursue agendas too similar for me to see the difference. What are some of the most prominent ones?
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Assigning fractional seats in a parliament

In proportional party-list voting systems, each party is entitled to a fraction of the seats in proportion to its vote count. This fraction is always rounded up or down according to some rule of "...
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Is there independent scientific studies as to rather liberals or conservatives are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories?

I'm asking in relation to a recent question Why does it seem like US conspiracy theorists are overwhelmingly Republican-oriented? This question takes the presumption that conservative CT (conspiracy ...
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Is there any data about partisanship inside US police departments or armed forces?

Is there any open data about the extent of partisan division among the police or armed forces in the United States? If such data does not exist, why might that be? For example, is there some law which ...
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