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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 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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Is there a danger for democracy when a party gains more than half the seats in a parliament?

In the 2015 elections in the UK, the Conservative Party received 330 seats, and the absolute majority because it is more than half of the 650 available seats. This means there was all across the UK ...
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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 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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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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Are party leaders typically from safe seats?

In the UK Parliament, the 2015 election results for party leaders going into the 2017 election were: Theresa May, Conservative Party, Maidenhead, 65.8%. Next party is Labour Party at 11.9%. Chance ...
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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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What are the advantages of a two party system vs multiple party system?

In the United States we have the two-party system unlike many other nations, including Britain, Germany, Israel, and many others. Multiple parties ultimately results in forced cooperation between ...
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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 can't I register with multiple political parties?

Why can't I register with multiple political parties (at the same time)? I've searched the web, read forums, sent emails, made phone calls, and I cannot find a satisfactory answer to this question. ...
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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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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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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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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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In the US, did party conventions reduce the political power of the states?

The creation of national party conventions in the early 1830s allowed broader participation in nominating presidential candidates but, I wonder, did they reduce the political power of the states?
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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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Manifesto Preparation by Political parties in India

I was browsing through the manifesto of INC for the parliamentary election, 2019. There were some really good ideas in all areas. The promises and plan of action were spread across all types of topics ...
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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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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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Why doesn't the Chinese Communist Party induct everyone into the party?

As far as I'm aware Communism is supposed to be a "dictatorship of the proletariat" and something that is by and for the people. So why doesn't the Chinese Communist Party, and similar ruling parties ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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What differences exist between the platforms of the Socialistische Partij and the Partij voor de Dieren?

In The Netherlands, the Socialistische Partij is a socialist party, founded in 1974, entered parliament in 1994, and presently one of the 4th largest party in parliament and the 3rd largest by members....
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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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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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Are we currently seeing another ideological realignment happening in today's unstable political climate? [closed]

Are we currently seeing another ideological realignment happening in today's unstable political climate? Similar to how, in the years since the WW2 post-war period, the main political parties ...
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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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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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On what grounds may SDPS “Harmony” be described as “pro-Russian”?

In the Latvian parliamentary election, 2018, the SDPS, often referred to as Harmony, has (again) become the largest party (BBC News). The BBC describes this party as “a Pro-Russia party”, but also ...
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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 ...