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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 meant by the “left” and the “right”?

When discussing political issues and parties, I often hear mention of a party being "left", "centre-left", "right" or "extreme right". In broad terms, what do these designations mean?
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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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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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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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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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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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Why does the U.S. left-wing party hate being called “socialist”, but in France the left-wing party proudly calls itself “the Socialist Party”?

Why does the main left-wing party in the United States (the Democratic Party) hate being called "socialist", but in France the main left-wing party proudly calls itself "the Socialist Party"?
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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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Why is denying global warming associated with conservatives?

I'm not asking for arguments about whether global warming is true. I'm asking why denying the presence of global warming is primarily associated with a conservative political affiliation. I am ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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When and why did the American Republican Party become widely supported in the South?

The American Democrats and Republicans are often labelled with the colours blue and red respectively. However, the historical "blue states" and "red states" were once inverted from their current ...
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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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What caused the racial shift of America's parties?

Until the 1960's, African Americans were overwhelmingly Republicans (except for some members of the New Deal coalition) and Southern whites were overwhelmingly Democrats. Then, after the passage of ...
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Is there anything that functionally prevents a US President from switching parties?

For example, a Prime Minister is voted by the party, so if they were to switch parties they would not be the leader of the other party. They have a function within their party. But is the party of ...
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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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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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How much more likely are professed political party supporters to support a position taken by that party?

I was wondering if there has been any research conducted on this issue. That is, all other things being equal how much more likely is a professed supporter of a political party or politician to ...
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What is the fundamental difference between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party?

I am not American but I know one party represents the right the other represents the left. But, both parties have shown to be pragmatic and sometimes contradictory in their positions: i.e. pro-life ...
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What type of organization is an American political party?

Legally, what is a political party in the US? I know they are not mentioned in the Constitution. They do not appear to be corporations or charities, or PACs, or any other type of formal organization ...
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Why is proportional representation not considered in any of the US states?

While the Americans agree that the current two-party system is broken, I have not heard any real voices on changing it in any State. States like California, New York or Texas, which send large ...
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Some reasons for failure of Uganda's no-party democracy

Uganda tried a non-partisan democratic system in 1986 (whereby political parties were constitutionally restricted via a public referendum) and in 2005 overwhelmingly voted to overturn this system. I'...
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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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Given my list of convictions, which US party(ies) should I consider? [closed]

Suppose I have the following political views: I am for greater government regulation of economy and oppose privatization I am for greater taxes for the rich and less taxes for the poor I am for free ...
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Who would be elected Prime Minister if the winning party was “Independent”?

I know this is highly unlikely, bordering on impossible, but what would happen if the majority of seats were won by independent candidates in a general election? Would the independents simply choose ...
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Does any research suggest that two-party systems lead to convergence of platforms, divergence, or otherwise?

Many first-past-the-post electoral systems result in a system where two major political parties dominate. The most famous example is arguably the United States, where the Democratic Party and the ...
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Why is the polish PiS considered dangerous, but not the UK conservatives?

Both parties won an absolute majority of seat in the parliament of their respective countries, and that without winning an absolute majority of the votes, because of how the election system works. ...
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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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Can the Chinese government system be considered a limited form of democracy?

According to Wikipedia the Communist Party of China has over 80 million members. It is about 6% of the population! This is more than the total membership in many (or most) western democracies. I'm ...
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What are the legalities of forming a party with a misleading name?

A theoretical that has come to mine for me: Say I live in a liberal democrat/SNP marginal and I'm a person who for some reason really really hates the Liberal Democrats. I'm desperate to stop them ...
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How do independents choose a party to caucus with?

I know that several independents in the US Senate (ie. Bernie Sanders) caucus with the Democrats. Officially, what does that mean? How do independents choose whom to caucus with (both ideologically ...
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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 Italy have so many political parties?

It's a bit of a running joke but Italy has many political parties and this causes its governments to be unstable. For example currently it has six major political parties plus dozens of minor players....
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Are there any truly EU-level political parties?

In the European Parliament, parties operate as groups of national parties, see e.g. current europarties. They don't take members and don't operate in countries where they don't have any membership ...
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Why won't the two main French far-left parties unite and present a single candidate?

Lutte ouvrière (LO) and Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA) are both French far-left communist parties and they are both represented by a candidate during the French 2017 presidential elections, why ...
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Why don't political parties support independent candidates to the extreme of their opponent to split the opposition vote?

Let's say you're the DNC, why not fund an independent candidacy for a somewhat well-known, legitimate conservative politician who is too extreme to actually get elected, but with views appealing to ...
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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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What are the differences between the Tea Party and the Republican Party?

To Republicans, the Tea Party movement is considered a separate organization espousing some Republican ideals. What are the particular idiosyncrasies that differentiate between the Republicans and the ...
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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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Is a Dutch political party's program allowed to contradict the constitution prima facie?

Several days ago, the Dutch PVV party published a program with several anti-Islamic measures including the closure of mosques and a ban on the Quran. Now, without getting into the actual political ...
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Rise of Alternative for Germany

What are the various factors that contributed to the rise of the political party Alternative for Germany? Why has it gained popularity?
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Is Alternative für Deutschland really an extreme right nationalist party?

Today's newspaper presented the recently founded German party as an extreme right, nationalistic and dangerous party. However a visit to the Wikipedia page of the party reveals something completely ...
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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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Are there any political parties in Saudi Arabia?

Are there any political parties in Saudi Arabia? If there aren't any, then what stops the establishment of such parties?
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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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Why have Labour and Lib Dem not been registered in Northern Ireland?

While I know that parties in NI have to self-identify as either "nationalists" or "unionists", it is unclear to me why this would have forbidden the entry of mainstream UK parties. In fact, I have ...