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What power do minority parties have in state legislatures?

I live in a state where it is taken for granted that one party will be in the majority in the state legislature and the governor will always be a member of that party. The specific district I live in ...
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Why there is no political party or movement that implements Elon Musk ideas (e.g. about Universal High Income)?

Elon Musk spoke again https://www.ccn.com/news/technology/elon-musk-predicts-no-job-universal-high-income/ and about Universal High Income? This should not be confused with UBI. My question - why ...
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Other than personalities, what's the difference between MK and EFF?

Both EFF and MK are breakaways from the ANC. EFF is Malema's party, whereas MK is Zuma's. They are both basically left wing parties who accuse the ANC of selling out to the white business elite. I get ...
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Why has Alpine County in California become so Democratic in the last few presidential elections?

Based on this picture of the 2020 Presidential election, most Northern California counties outside the coast tend to be Republican leaning. However, Alpine County has voted Democratic since 2004 as ...
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Was Haider's party ever excluded from (or shunned by) European Parliament groups?

Related to the recent exclusion of the AfD from the ID group of the European Parliament due to exculpatory/apologist talk about the SS (by one AfD MEP--Krah), I'm curious if this is like a new bar ...
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Are US state political parties required to nominate the most popular candidates in their local primaries/caucases? [closed]

Do US state political parties have the freedom to arbitrarily decide which candidate ends up the nominee? Does that restriction/freedom hold at the national party level as well?
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Why do AAP do well in local election but not in general election of Delhi?

In the 2015 and 2020 Delhi Legislative Assembly elections, AAP(Aam Aadmi Party) got 67/70 and 62/70 seats respectively. It is a landslide victory. However, in similar periods, in the 2014 and 2019 ...
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In simple words, how does UK's Conservative party manage to retain dominance?

UK's Conservative party is one of two main parties and arguably dominant in the UK. But I don't understand how did they manage to pull that off in the century XX with its urbanization. As one would ...
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Are millennials and generation Z more politically conscious than previous generations?

When I was growing up, my generation (gen X) was rather apathetic in our youth. Politics was the boring stuff done up there with little bearing on what's happening down here. It was the realm of ...
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Do some countries officially limit the number of parties that can contest elections, to a number >1?

Wikipedia says that: The constitution of Somaliland only allows for the top three political parties to contest elections, to avoid the previous proliferation of clan-based parties in the 1960s. ...
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Why is the border the "bluest" part of Texas?

Maps such as this one show that some of the "bluest" counties in Texas are along the southern border (with Mexico). The "border" is one of the most contentious wedge issues used by ...
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What Is The Actual Step-By-Step Informal Process of How A Regular Citizen Becomes A Congressmen?

In the case of the executive branch, there is an incredible difference between what someone needs to do/be to become president "on paper" (I.e, Being 35, being a natural-born citizen that ...
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How is a political party funded? Solely based on donations less than $3300 (maximum allowed)?

Where does the DNC/RNC (or any political party) get its money? Is it mostly from individuals donating who want to see change? If so, are those donations capped at $3300 per individual per election? Or ...
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Could the US become a multi-party democracy organically (without a change to the constitution)?

In many northern European countries (Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark) there is a large number of political parties and the government is always made up of a coalition of these because no single ...
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Is the ascendancy of extremists in the AfD driven more by their growing share of East German (than West German) party membership?

Background The BfV classified around 36% of AfD members as right-wing extremist for the year 2022. With no dedicated critics of the AfD's extremist faction (aligned with Björn Höcke, formerly called ...
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What factors have led the ANC to continue getting a majority of votes?

South Africa is due to have national elections this year. It is possible that the ANC will still get a majority of votes as they have in every other election since independence. But some have argued ...
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Which Polish political parties are supporting the blockade of their border with Ukraine?

There's been a partial blockade of Ukraine's borders by Polish truckers and farmers since the beginning of November, punctuated by various short breaks. Polish drivers have been blocking several ...
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Has there ever been a successful shift from a two-party system to a multi-party system in modern history?

The other day my friends and I gathered in the college dorm and expressed grievances about our electoral systems. Those from countries where one or two parties dominate the legislature were frustrated ...
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How common is it for US state political parties to ban association with Nazis?

Recently the Texas GOP has rejected a proposal to ban its party members from associating with Nazis. My understanding is that this was an internal party resolution and not any type of legislation. I ...
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Parliamentary Democratic Debate versus Party-line/Party-whip [duplicate]

In parliaments, before voting on some bill, law, or policy, there are debates, where supporters and opposers highlight various thoughts. Then the voting is conducted. Now, there is always the "...
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Are there other European parties that officially have only one member, but get a large number of parliament seats?

Wikipedia: After the creation of the association, Wilders disabled new member registration, resulting in his remaining the sole member of the party. The party is considered unique in Dutch politics ...
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What's the PVV position on trade with China?

How much decoupling [if any] are they saying they are after? E.g. do they want to limit imports from China, if so how much and by what means? Likewise for exports, e.g. do they support limiting tech ...
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Does the PVV want to stop all support for Ukraine?

The Guardian: The European Greens said today that if VVD joins a coalition with Geert Wilders’ far-right PVV, it should be expelled from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). ...
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Besides Jamaica, are there other countries where a "Labour" (or Workers' etc.) party is actually right-wing/conservative?

Wikipedia: The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is one of the two major political parties in Jamaica, the other being the People's National Party (PNP). While its name might suggest that it is a social ...
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What kind of amendment can oblige multiple political parties, and repair the unintended two-party malfunction of the constitution?

The founding fathers did not foresee that the constitution would foster a two-party political system that is radical, inflexible and deadlocked. There is probably little political will to reform it ...
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Why is are the terms government party and opposition party rarely used to describe the parties in the USA?

Much as Brazil, Ghana, Canada, Britain, most countries really, use these terms in these senses of that the party supplying the head of government is the governing or ruling party and the others are ...
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Has the Israeli left wing also endorsed the calls for Hamas to be killed to the last member?

According to media reports, the center-right part of the Israeli political spectrum has declared that the [ideal] goal of the military operation is to kill Hamas to the last member. Netanyahu and ...
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Gerrymandering, Efficiency Gap Formula [closed]

I have a problem in which I have two parties. Party 1 is Purple. Party 2 is Yellow. There are a total of 135 votes. Purple has 75 of them while yellow has 60. There are 9 districts total. Each ...
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How does the CCP prevent the minority parties from obtaining too many seats and is there a hard cap on how many seats they can get?

While only the CCP holds effective power at the national level, there are officially eight minor parties that exist alongside the CCP.[2] Founded before the proclamation of the People's Republic of ...
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Is it possible for the Worker's Party of North Korea to become a minority?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_People%27s_Assembly Under the 1972 Constitution, the number of seats in the Assembly was 655.[3] This was increased to 687 following the 1986 election.[4] In ...
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Why the US does not have strong local parties except in Puerto Rico?

Often as a cause of two-party system in the US cited the first-past-the-post system. (see also Duverger's Law). But theoretically this should not prevent having strong local state-level parties. It ...
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Which districts in the Virginia state legislature held contested primaries for both parties in 2023?

In Virginia, there are primaries on June 20th for the state legislature. I am curious about which races are contested for both parties' primaries that are happening on Tuesday, a couple days after I ...
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Why do political parties sign "agreements" with other foreign political parties?

In this news article, it is mentioned that the Freedom Party of Austria has signed a "partnership agreement" with the United Russia Party of the Russian Federation: The Freedom Party ... ...
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How do "opposition parties" in the North Korean parliament get their seats?

When looking at Wikipedia, I noticed that the Parliament of North Korea has multiple parties in the Parliament besides the Workers' Party, united under one coalition. From the question Is there ...
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Political system fairer than democracy? [closed]

Let's say a country has 1,400,000 citizens. Elections are held about, for example, joining the EU. 1,000,000 people decide to do A, while 300,000 people decide to B, and 100,000 decide to do C. In a ...
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Who are the 13 million migrants that the Victory Party wants to send back?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-65708268 The Victory Party leader said this week Mr Kilicdaroglu had agreed to send back "13 million migrants" within a year "in line with ...
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Has a majority of one political party in one house of Congress ever voted in opposition to the same party in the other house in the same Congress?

Has there ever been a case where a majority of a political party votes one way on some bill in the Senate but a different way on the same bill in the House of Representatives? For example, has a ...
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Does Ireland's single-transferable vote (STV) system weaken party discipline?

Ireland uses single-transferable vote (STV) for pretty much all elections. I wonder if this voting system weakens party discipline, since candidates with strong local brand can theoretically quit the ...
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Are there studies on whether either the US left or right make more use of snarl words?

In my last question, I attempted to avoid any answer saying that one political party was more likely to abuse snarl words without proof as I deemed such an attack plausible and unconstructive to my ...
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Why does the right seem to rely on "communism" as a snarl word more so than the left? [duplicate]

Both political parties use snarl words to denigrate policies or views they don't like. I have a bit of a rant on what a snarl word is in another question I answered. While that question is primarily ...
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Is the USA Democratic? [duplicate]

I know this sounds weird since the USA is always regarded as a democracy or a republic which means people but when I study how elections are conducted and the actual system, it doesn't sound like a ...
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What effective laws and rules regulating perks of politicians and political parties exist in various democracies?

In most, if not all countries, the rules regulating politicians and political parties are made by those very same politicians and political parties. In such cases, politicians tend to give themselves ...
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Why do Australian politicians use the term “The Greens political party”?

The Australian Greens are the largest of the minor parties in Australian politics, and a regular target for criticism by the major parties. They are normally referred to as “The Greens” in the media ...
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How common is it for a country's main political parties to completely swap platforms (as occurred in the 20th-century United States)?

Background Since the late 1850s, the United States has had two major political parties, the Democratic and Republican parties. For most of the first half of this time - from the mid-19th century to ...
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What are the causes for partisan politics to have grown more severe then in the past, and how much is down to echo chambers? [duplicate]

From my, admittedly limited, knowledge of US history it seems that congress tended to be a bit less patrician in the past. Congressman were more likely to support bipartisan initiatives, more likely ...
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What's AfD's vision for the Ukrainian refugees in Germany?

Reportedly While protesting in Leipzig in October against Russia’s war in Ukraine, Anastasia, 21, was confronted by AfD counter-protesters screaming “Nazis out” at her and fellow Ukrainians. The AfD ...
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What effect will increased urbanization have on liberal views given that urban locations tend to be more liberal?

There is a well-documented link between liberal views and urban locations, and conservative views with rural locations, which has been proven true across many first world nations. However, many ...
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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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