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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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Were there mechanisms for discouraging parties (“factions”) proposed by US founding fathers?

It's a well known fact that, when US Founding fathers were setting up our polytical system, they did NOT build in the ideas of political parties. More specifically, both Washington and Madison didn't ...
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How do Northern Ireland's Assembly designations work? What are its advantages and disadvantages?

What are the implications of MLAs designating themselves as being part of a certain community? To what extent does it fulfil its intended purpose? What are its criticisms? What alternatives have been ...
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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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What steps need to happen for the alternative vote to be implemented?

The alternative vote seems like an excellent replacement for the first-past the post voting system. Per the answers on this question, I understand some of the reasons of why it hasn't been implemented ...
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How did Geert Wilders and the PVV rise to such popularity? What are their chances of governing?

In the Dutch general election of 2012 the rightwing populist party Party for Freedom (PVV) under leader Geert Wilders received 10.1%. The next general election will take place no later than March 2017,...
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What powers does a Whip actually have to force MP's to vote their way? [duplicate]

In the UK especially we have a parliamentary democracy, and each of the major political parties have an officer known as the Whip/Chief Whip, who as far as I understand enforce party policy, by ...
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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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What factors influence the number of political parties?

While I know that the question could disintegrate into a list of things type of question I would really see answers that respect the back-it-up-rule and which would go deeper than only listing factors....
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What are the views of different political parties on asylum seekers in Australia?

What are the views of different political parties on asylum seekers in Australia? (e.g. Labor, Liberal and Greens)
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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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Who are Salafi Jihadi?

Some scholars believe that there are two kind of Salafi. One group called 'traditional Salafi' and the other 'Jihadi Salafi'. now my question regards Salafi Jihadi. Who are they? Source: لإنتخابات ...
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Correlation between non-voters and antisemitism?

The German* newspaper Die Welt created a graphic showing rates of antisemitism according to party preference. Rates for classical antisemitism are between 2 and 6% for all parties except for a far-...
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Is the US democracy a multi-party system or a dual-party system?

I am from India and whenever we hear about US politics and the US Senate, we always hear about two political parties, Democrats and Republicans. So are these the only two political parties in US? Is ...
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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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Are there currently, or have there ever been any 'white' members of Singapore's People's Action Party(PAP)?

Historically, ethnicity seems to have been a sensitive issue in Singapore, one that its founding fathers have struggled with, according to various historical sources. Today, Singapore is a successful ...
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Is India's latest election indicative of an end to the caste based political system? [closed]

Uttar Pradesh always well known for caste based politics and mainly there were 2 parties , BSP for dalits and SP for Yadavas. But In this election, all caste based political parties are defeated and ...
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Are the state-level or municipal-level political parties in any way interdependent with the federal-level party of the same namesake?

For example, if I am a "democratic" mayor, and the Democratic Party changes its name to the "Liberal Democratic Party", do I follow suit? And if I do follow suit, do I have to propose to my municipal ...
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In the US, may a presidential candidate win the primaries and then refuse the nomination of the party?

Is the party nomination something a candidate even can accept or refuse? Or is the nomination more like a glorified endorsement? Are there obligations that come with accepting the nomination?
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Why Caste based political parties talking about secularism in India

Many political parties in India are either caste based or religion based. Some of them are Indian Union Muslim League BSP SP SNDP SDPI etc. etc. They work only for their caste/religion. But why ...
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Does association of age to political party imply changing of political affiliation as one ages?

Within the US young, college aged, individuals are commonly thought of being more attracted to the democratic party, while it's also commonly believed that the elderly usually vote republican. I ...
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Has a US President ever nominated a cabinet of half Democrats and half Republicans?

This was the spirit of Churchill's nominations as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during WWII in order to unite the country.
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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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Why are there so few Islamic parties in Europe?

Many European countries have major parties which call themselves "Christian". But Wikipedia only lists 5 parties in all of Europe with an Islamic agenda, and 3 of them as defunct, leaving only "Party ...
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Precedents for replacing a candidate selected through a primary

A party selects their candidate for an election through an open primary election. The outcome of the primary is an unambiguous winner. After the primary, but before candidacy for the actual election ...
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The causality of some political situations, and meaning in text

I'm reading the Economist and since I really don't know much about the American politics I got confused for the following statement: ...(Gorsuch) has been solicitous of religious corporations and ...
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Which portions of rural/metropolitan voter income have benefited from regional voting tendencies?

Rural counties in the US generally tend, (often overwhelmingly), to vote Republican, while metropolitan counties similarly tend to vote Democrat. Over the last few decades which portions of the ...
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Why are political party memberships public in the US?

It seems strange that a country like the USA that has anonymous voting has the government knowing if you are a member of a political party: " In many states, election officials disclose how many ...
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Why is the Reformed Political Party Youth the largest political youth organisation in The Netherlands?

In The Netherlands, the Reformed Political Party Youth (Dutch: Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij-jongeren) is the largest political youth organisation, with 12000 members. They are allied to the ...
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In general elections, what percent of registered party voters defect, on average?

Only registered Democrats vote in Democratic primaries to select Democrat candidates. Only registered Republicans vote in Republican primaries to select Republican candidates. And so forth for other ...
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Why register a party affiliation in a state with open primaries?

I'm a registered Democrat in Massachusetts, a state with semi-open primaries such that registered voters can only vote in their party's primary, but unaffiliated voters can vote in any primary. I'm ...
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Why have the Democratic Party and Republican Party switched positions on civil rights since the Civil War?

Before the Civil War, the Republicans advocated for the abolition of slavery, while the Democrats pushed against abolition. Even after the Civil War, the Republicans continued to push for black rights....
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Can one person run for US President as a candidate for two different parties? [duplicate]

I am not looking for opinion here, but actual laws or case evidence support for or against if this has been done / could be done legally. Example: Could Bernie run in the 2020 primaries as a ...
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What does it mean for a candidate to be a “tea-party” candidate

What does it mean for a candidate to be a "tea-party" candidate? There are multiple US political personalities who are considered to be "tea party" personalities, such as Jim DeMint, Sarah Palin, etc....
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Only one candidate for a $180,000 political job?

According to a news story on CBS in Chicago there was a judgeship worth $180,000 in the Cook County judicial subcircuit that was up for grabs in the November 8th 2016 election and it was uncontested. ...
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What does it take to start a new political party in Wisconsin

What do you need to do in order to start a new political party in Wisconsin
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Why do so few people vote for the Green Party? [closed]

Now, I don't have comprehensive knowledge of what the Green Party represents, and I only just recently learned of their existence. But from the wikipedia page, it seems like they stand for everything ...
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Do European Parliamentary leaders have greater standing in their own parties than American Presidential candidates?

Donald Trump is the Republican Presidential candidate in the U.S., but he is not the head of the Republican Party (Paul Ryan is). And if he loses the election, he will (presumably) go off into the ...
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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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Would voting for ideas instead of political parties be a good idea? [duplicate]

First of all I'm explaining with I refer to with ideas, after all by voting a political party you are voting some ideas. Most political parties have a certain set of ideas that they may apply or not, ...
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Is the smearing growing in the USA?

Is the smearing growing in the USA (in the last decades/centuries)? Or at least the perception about smear campaigns?
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Has any of the presidential candidates ever mentioned fixing our aging infrastructure?

There's no denying, these recent historic floods we've been having in the past couple of years have only shown how our aging infrastructure needs to be fixed. No proper drainage systems, our roads are ...
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In the UK there are 'shadow' government members — what is their function

Other than seeming like a member of some secret organization the UK elects shadow members. What are they? Is there any corresponding member of US government?
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If opposition parties collude at election time to prevent splitting votes, does the public object?

In this scenario there is an organisation (UK based) with certain governing powers/responsibilities for a particular geographical area. There are a number of elected representatives responsible for ...
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Why are US State governments involved in presidential primary elections and caucuses?

When I say involved I mean things such as state and county election officials conducting events as well as the state footing the bill for the event costs such as poll manager pay, ballot printing, ...
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Rainfall vs Democratic Vote Share [closed]

The research paper here shows that for every inch of rain above normal levels, the Democratic party's margin in elections decreases by about 1 percentage point. What are some ways that the ...
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Are single-member legislative districts a guarantee for two party systems?

Given that all countries that rely on a two-party system seem to have single-member legislative districts. I was wondering whether this in essence guarantees two party systems or whether this ...
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Does the two-party system create a political advantage for the rich? [closed]

Does the two-party system create a political advantage for the rich regarding political representation?
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Are tattoos frowned upon in politics?

I have tattoos on my arms which have no negative/political/ideological symbols. When I wear long sleeves (shirt, sweater, suit), they are completely invisible. If I wanted to pursue a political ...
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Does the USA have more than 2 political parties (Democrat, Republican)?

From the outside it sounds like there are only two political parties in the USA you tend to hear of many others in other countries. Are there others that just don't get votes?