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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is the PKK and PYD's political outlook unpopular among Iraqi Kurds?

The Kurdistan Democratic Solution Party is active in the Iraqi Kurdish autonomy zone; and it seems to be the counterpart of the PYD in Syria and the PKK in Turkey. The party failed rather miserably in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why except Puerto Rico, is no US state or territory dominated by local parties?

Why (except Puerto Rico), is no US state or territory is dominated by local parties, different from Democratic and Republican parties?
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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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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 ...
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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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Where can I find a chart of education level by political party?

It must include libertarian, democrat, and republican. I tried to find one, but could not. https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=political%20ideology%20education&tbs=imgo:1#tbs=imgo:1&...
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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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US political parties that support EU style social social welfare spending?

Are there any political parties or groups in the United States that openly support making the U.S. more like EU countries by: Addressing social welfare and safety net needs by increasing federal non-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...