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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 supposed dynamics within the US Green Party prevent its growth?

In this recent interview, journalist Chris Hedges (the interviewer) says that: The Green party is largely dysfunctional. I've spent a lot of time with the Green Party and I won't support the ...
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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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By what measures can the political power of an organization be estimated?

I asked this question earlier: Which is more dangerous to US democracy: Far-left or far-right ideologies? and after thinking about the comments received, I realized that I should start with some ...
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Is there a precedent of an European Party from European Parliament excluding a member party in the last 20 years?

Justice law changes have quite a history in Romania and European officials have warned Romanian officials about the side effects: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and First Vice ...
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Does the UK still use propaganda?

Can you recall anything that was propaganda that the UK government has espoused? I am sure it didn't just stop after WW2 but they have got so good at it I find it hard to find good examples that are ...
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How does one go about registering a political party in Texas?

How does one go about registering a political party in Texas? Is it done at the federal level?
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Why are US national party conventions important to electoral politics?

Are national party conventions in the United States important to electoral politics because they empower party leaders or because they control who delegates vote for? Or is there a different reason?
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What are the viewpoints and policy positions of the Israeli right wing?

What are the viewpoints and policy positions of the Israeli right wing?
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Is basic information of contracts between political parties and private companies public information?

This article argues about possible connection between Cambridge Analytica and the main Romanian party in power: Rupert Wolfe Murray, a British consultant, says that Cambridge Analytica, through ...
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Is there any justification for inequal distribution of wealth? Why is it right? [closed]

Is there any justification for inequal distribution of wealth? Other than wealthy wanting to retain their position and others want to raise theirs? To me it's pretty clear that in politics there are "...
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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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Where do local political parties in the United States get their revenues?

In the United States political parties operate at various levels including local, state, and federal. Although we commonly hear about expensive fund-raising events, local parties probably have other ...
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To what extent do religious congregations in the US advocate a political party?

In the United States, to what extent do religious congregations advocate a political party, candidate, or political spectrum (liberal vs conservative)? The geological scope of my question is just the ...
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Is there any specific governing body responsible for altering the stated platform for a political party in the United States?

Political parties in the United States have platforms under which they gather around. These can be broad or specific in scope and they can change over time. My question is whether there is a ...
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Does the increased localization of government control provide a solution to the stalemate caused by two party politics?

I was considering posting this in the Philosophy S.E., to ask if this was an example of The Middle Ground Fallacy, but then realized that my context is entirely political. Much of federal politics in ...
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Why does the Australian Labor Party spell use the American spelling instead of the Australian spelling?

Australia uses British English for their spelling, which spells labour as in physical work, with a "u", where the Australian Labor Party spells it without a "u".This is in contrast to the British ...
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How often have majority parties plummeted in support in one election in democracies?

While voters in democracies usually only incrementally change the party that they support relative to a prior election, every now and then, a party will go from being a leading or majority party, to ...
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Was any reason indicated for Marine Le Pen's choice about the party's new name?

According to this article (also confirmed by BBC), Marine Le Pen proposes National Front changes name to National Rally: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has proposed her National Front ...
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Merger of two or more political parties in U.S

Is there any process which allows merger of two or more political parties in U.S. if leaders of both parties are ready for a merger . Has such a thing ever occurred in history of US ?
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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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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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Rise of the Movimento Cinque Stelle (“Five Stars Movement”)

What are the factors that have contributed to the rise of the Movimento Cinque Stelle in Italy? Why has it gained popularity?
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Can foreigners be members in German parties and fully participate in them?

The Bild recently argued against political participation by foreigners in the German party SPD. It seems that one doesn't need to be a German citizen to be a member of the SPD and take part in party ...
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Does anyone control the brand name of global parties, such as the Pirate or Green party?

There are currently Pirate parties in 40 countries and Green parties in 52 countries. But is there an organization which owns the rights to the Pirate/Green party brand? Or can anyone go ahead and ...
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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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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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Defection to Another Party

Is it legal in the United Kingdom for an elected parliamentarian (considering both houses)to switch parties? If not, what action is taken against the person?
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What value does a modern (late 20th centrury, 21st century) political platform have in the United States?

Background Political parties in the United States spend a lengthy amount of time generating platforms for their parties. A few examples are the Republican Party platform, the Democratic Party ...
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Who is Senate Majority Leader if the parties are tied with a 3rd party president?

Since the Senate relies heavily on the majority party's leader, what would happen in the unlikely event that the two major parties are tied in the Senate, and the President/VP are third-party or ...
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Reaction to uncommon combinations of viewpoints in the US political culture [closed]

Triggered by this question which bluntly states what is to be expected from left and right: I noticed that in fact opinions about different political topics seems to be very uniform in both Democratic ...
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What mischief could be caused by joining a political party in bulk?

In the New Statesman, George Eaton noted that the UK Conservative Party (currently in power as the larger member of a coalition) is experiencing such low membership that it is vulnerable to "entryism",...
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Are there examples of “guerrilla politics” being effective in an European country?

At the end of 2017, Romanian Parliament tried to make controversial changes to criminal laws and other laws that might severely influence justice independence, leading to protests and external ...
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How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members in the USA compared to the USSR? [closed]

How many legislature members who are not members of any party in the USA compared to the USSR?
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What are practical steps citizens can take to alter a first past the post system?

Given the arguments against first past the post voting systems, I'd like to know what could be done to change them. However, there's a difficulty with proposing such a change to the system, and that'...
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Do laws prevent a candidate from choosing a particular party affiliation?

Let's say a candidate is running for a federal office, like house or senate. And let's assume they have the minimum requirements to run (often age, citizenship, district/state residence, and some ...
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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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How predictive of the House Popular Vote is the Generic Ballot?

The site FiveThirtyEight has an "updating estimate of the generic ballot, based on polls that ask people which party they would support in a congressional election". My question is predictive of the ...
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Why would a major party allow someone who is not a member to run as a member?

Bernie Sanders is an independent, but he is able to seek the Democratic nomination and participate in the debates. Mike Bloomberg has said that he won't run for president because he is convinced that ...
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Is voting for a third party really a 'wasted vote'?

There are lots of undecided voters in what perhaps is the strangest election I've ever witnessed. People from both sides are saying voting for a third party is a wasted vote. If all of the undecided ...
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What's the purpose of a closed primary?

To vote in the Democratic primaries for New York State, I had to register in the Democratic party. Why would a political party hold a closed primary?
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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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What attributes, criteria, or other factors can be used to measure to health of a political party?

Looking at political parties objectively, is there any way to externally assess the health of such an organization? Some examples could be leadership, communication approach, internal and external ...
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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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Jumping political party OK after being elected by people into a party?

Is it permissible for an elected independent candidate or elected representative of a political party to switch his party he is elected from to a more politically advantageous party at his own will ? ...
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Do national political parties in the US exist in student government? (College)

I'm curious if any parties running for student government, i.e. student unions, ever run as Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Green, Socialist, etc?
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Puerto Rico's political parties and statehood

What would happen to Puerto Rico's political parties if it became the 51st state? Is there any historical precedent for what happens?
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Does it usually backfire if a presidential candidate challenges an incumbent from their own party? [duplicate]

How does it historically work out for the presidential nominee when they are challenging the incumbent of their own party? Are there cases where this succeeded?
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Are partisans more likely to vote if they believe there will be higher turnout among the opposing party?

Empirically, if you tell those from Party A that the turnout among those from Party B will be quite high, does that tend to motivate higher turnout or otherwise change voting attitudes? I am having ...
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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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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 ...