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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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Does the year 2000 observation that issue alignment mainly affected the US political parties, but not the public at large still hold?

In a 2002 paper that is quite cited, Layman and Carsey conclude that In recent decades, Democratic and Republican party elites have grown increasingly polarized on all three of the major domestic ...
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What has been the historical trend of U.S. congresspeople voting as blocks?

It feels as though every time I've looked at voting records from the U.S. congress, I notice that virtually everyone votes with their party; that is, for any given bill, every Republican votes the ...
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Does the Tenth schedule of the Indian Constitution mean that MPs are not allowed a free vote?

According to Schedule X of the Indian Constitution Members of Parliament can be disqualified under the following condition: (b) if he votes or abstains from voting in such House contrary to any ...
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Evidence of Democratic-Republican Party Realignment Circa 1950?

What evidence is there of a Democratic-Republican party realignment during the 1950's in the US? Usually, references to the Southern strategy are made, but I haven't been able to find any peer review ...
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Are Western parties more analogous to the LDJ or its factions?

The LDJ has had near-continuous power in Japan since 1955. To Westerners accustomed to one party leading a nation for a decade or two before another one has its turn, this sounds like it would be ...
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What would it take for a mainstream UK political party to cease to exist

Listening to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair this morning discussing the recent Labour defeat in the General Election. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2019-50829352 From the article: "...
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What systems help to keep MPs independent from their party (leader)? [duplicate]

How can a parliamentary democracy prevent parties from becoming too de facto powerful at the expense of the de jure independent MPs making up parliament? In parliamentary systems, the government ...
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What are the implications of allowing politicization of intelligence services?

There is a lot of talk and pearl-clutching, at the moment, about possible politicization of intelligence services. It usually involves current of former intelligence or counter-intelligence officials ...
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How does the SDLP differ from Sinn Féin in terms of nationalism?

Both parties are described as (Irish) nationalist by Wikipedia. After losing all Westminster seats in 2017, the SDLP made a comeback this December, gaining back two seats. Speaking of seats, unlike ...
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How has the Brexit process affected eurosceptic movements in other European countries?

The rocky and unpredictable state of the Brexit negotiations over the past three and a half years seems to have had an effect on the level of support for the EU, with 68% of respondents across the ...
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What are the differences between Germany's major political parties? [closed]

For example, I don't know what the major differences are between the Greens and the SPD. On a crude left to right line, where would you place the major parties? Comparing them to US parties, where ...
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Why is/was the National Liberal Party of Romania opposed to Catholic & Hungarian school when they support a German-minority president?

According to the only snippet on this I found in English, from March 20, 2018: The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) has admitted on Monday the PNL and PMP notification regarding the draft law ...
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Which parties are in the current Romanian government (coalition)?

Confusingly enough, Romania has two liberal parties, one called PNL (National Liberal) which supported the [re-election of] the current president Klaus Iohannis, and another called ALDE (Democrat ...
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Are there some details on what issues Romanian Social Democrats blamed on Soros?

According to a NYT article: In many ways, the struggle in Romania echoes the political drama playing out in other parts of the world, where leaders touting a populist agenda tapped into deep public ...
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Do any other countries aside from the UK have a tradition of ‘joke’ candidates?

In the UK, for example, there are candidates such as Lord Buckethead, Count Binface, Mr Fish Finger (of the Fish Finger Party) and, perhaps most well known, the Monster Raving Loony Party. These ...
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Where would UK political parties fit on the US party political spectrum?

I have often heard the statement that the British Conservative party would be considered left-wing if they were to run in the US - in some cases further left than the Democrats. How true is this ...
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Why does Spain's PSOE have such a big problem forming a coalition?

What was the reason PSOE couldn't or didn't want to form a coalition for six months or so, to the extent that it preferred to have second snap election in a year? I understand that it had at least two ...
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Is the Tea Party still a significant political force in the US?

It seem unclear if this was its heyday, but Wikipedia mentions that: One 2013 survey found that, in political terms, 20% of self-identified Republicans stated that they considered themselves as ...
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Do any democratic countries have mechanisms to prevent one party from dominating for an extended period?

Is there any country that has constitutional or national law that prevents any party from holding an absolute majority for too long? Examples of various ways how it can be implemented: If a party ...
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Have supporters of “right-wing populist” parties in Europe explained why they trust Trump?

According to a Pew survey/study, supporters of "right-wing populist" parties (by which they mean e.g. UKIP, FN of France, Northern League in Italy, or AfD in Germany) have more confidence in Trump to "...
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Is there a convention regarding when election manifestos are launched in the UK?

The Independent is claiming that both the Conservative and Labour parties will launch their election manifestos in the week beginning 18/11/19. Is this assertion based on some tradition or convention, ...
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Is the transferable medallion system backed predominantly by a political party (or wing thereof)?

For those who don't know, in the US in many cities taxicabs use a transferable licensing system (aka "medallion"), with artificially limited supply: Most medallion owners never interact with the ...
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What Kurdish Syrian parties does the CIA and/or the US consider terrorist [affiliates] and which ones it doesn't?

According to Wikipedia While the PKK has been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States, the United States' position on the YPG is that it is not a terrorist organization, ...
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Did Turkey consider (the killed recently) Kurdish politician Havrin Khalaf a terrorist [supporter]?

Kurdish politician Havrin Khalaf was killed by Turkish backed-militias in their recent "Peace Spring" offensive. According to DW: Hevrin Khalaf, a prominent Syrian Kurdish female politician and ...
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Is there a consistent difference in economic policies between Iranian principlists and reformists?

While reformists and principlists/conservatives in Iran are often contrasted in terms of their social views, is there a consistent distinction between the groups in terms of economic policies they ...
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Does any Islamist party have policies in other areas that would be considered left wing?

Some Islamist parties such as Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt seems to be conservative and aligned with right political wing. Are there any Islamist parties that are aligned with left political wing or ...
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Why Marxists Parties Keeps so Strong in England While Doesn't in USA? [closed]

As we keep reading about the subject, seems clear that marxist Parties remains very strong in England, while don't in USA, remaining as allies of Democratic Party, which rivals Republican Party, for a ...
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Are there some statistics on the political affiliation of NESBs?

Non-English speaking background (NESB) is a demographic category often encountered in Australian publications. Are there statistics on the political party affiliation of NESBs (membership or just whom ...
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The politics of loneliness

This Real Clear Politics article finds some very interesting nuggets like: One reason young people get involved in politics might be loneliness. In a nationally representative survey conducted by ...
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What are the contemporary differences between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael (for the benefit of external observers)?

Mostly, in news broadcasts and the like, when there is some political business going on overseas, it will be between parties which can be described with short epithets to give foreigners a broad brush ...
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Why does the Republican party have such a high appeal with Christians?

Why do Christians feel so inclined to subscribe to the conservative party? Has a major Christian authority taught his subjects that it is righteous to be a Republican?
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Why isn't there a serious attempt at creating a third mass-appeal party in the US?

Most people in the US do not identify themselves as either Republican or Democrat (see Gallup data). There seems to be four possible explanations. These independent-leaning Americans prefer more ...
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Why does Singapore's PAP win almost all elections?

In Democracy, we have the median voter theorem. Hence, we expect elections to be won 50% of the time (in case winners take all). The issue is not whose party is better. The issue is that when someone ...
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US Party with all time most Presidential votes?

Which US political party has had the most votes for President? Both popularly, and electorally? Note: given the sometimes radical changes in party platforms over the years, this may seem like apples ...
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Do parties whose support is geographically concentrated have an advantage in “cake cutting” redistricting?

In the question about preventing political gerrymandering, I brought up a new method for preventing Gerrymandering using game theory. This involves one party, let's call them red, drawing district ...
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How far can gerrymandering go?

Gerrymandering can keep a relatively unpopular party in power for longer than it otherwise would be. Assuming the unpopular party becomes even more unpopular, just how unpopular would they need to be ...
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Is there any governmental organization/party in europe that has a main goal to untangle eu from US?

Well ever since the US decided to step out of the climate accord, I've been wondering whether some consider the US the biggest enemy of Europe. Considering climate change will hit Europe hard and ...
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Difference between a conventional party in a WLD and a Bahraini *society*

A political party in Bahrain is called a society. What are the fundemental differences with political parties in Western Liberal Democracies, in the sense that the word society is used?
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Are there influential theories why the Lib Dems have survived on the UK political landscape?

Generally a first-past the post FPTP electoral system favors a two-party system, aka Duverger's law. In the UK however, the Lib Dems have managed to survive for (approximately) a century the ...
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Why does the UK have more political parties than the US?

After reading this article, I got to wondering why the US has 2 viable political parties while the UK appears to have many, even though both use first-past-the-post voting. Across England and Wales,...
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Has the Brexit Party stated whether or not it will keep its name?

Has the Brexit Party made any statement on its name as a movement, when Brexit is finally resolved? It would be expected after several years that 'Brexit' will have lost meaning. I can't think of ...
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Why would the name of a political party be a question? How common is this?

Wikipedia tells me Who owns the state? or Whom does the country belong to? (Latvian: Kam pieder valsts?) is a populist, anti-establishment party in Latvia. Party names that are wordy/long and a ...
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Are there any statistics / studies to prove that Fox News is putting on more Democrats than Republicans?

President Trump just said this in his rally tonight: What’s going on with Fox, by the way? What’s going on there? They’re putting more Democrats on than you have Republicans. Something strange is ...
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Public information (and possibility to impact) about ALDE Party transformation into more social liberal movement? [closed]

The Industry 4.0/X.0 is transforming the economic realities. In the past humans competed with humans and both excelled in their skills. Today human needs to compete with the machine/computer/software/...
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Secessionist / Regionalist political parties in Germany

In the UK, there are parties represented in regional and the national parliament calling for either the secession of, or at least greater autonomy for their nations from the UK (e.g. SNP, Plaid Cymru, ...
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How does “politician” work as a job/career?

How does being a politician work as a job or career? Obviously when you are in office you get a salary (at least at national level). But what happens when you lose the election, or you are running for ...
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In Pennsylvania, are there legal limits to how often you can switch political parties?

In the state of Pennsylvania, is it permissible to routinely change political parties, independent of a change or lack-thereof to one's permanent political views? For example, one may wish to switch ...
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Are there any systems (in other countries) comparable to the overt dualism of Puntofijismo?

Apparently, before Chavez came to power, Venezuela had a power-sharing system in which two parties agreed to share the spoils by alternating in power: Venezuela, unlike most other Latin American ...
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Are there any pro-EU parties left in the Icelandic parliament?

The pro-EU Bright Future party failed to win any seats in the 2017 elections. Do any of the other parties with parliamentary representatives still favor Iceland joining the EU? I'm asking because ...
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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 ...