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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 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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Are 2016 Republican candidates allowed to attend debates not sponsored by the RNC?

In the 2012 U.S. Presidential campaign, there was a very large number of Republican primary debates. After the election was over, the Republican National Committee concluded that that there were too ...
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What causes the 2 Party System (Australia) [duplicate]

In Australian Politics, why is the parliament only ever controlled by either a Labour or Liberal party? Is it possible for a minority party to be elected? i.e. could we have a Family First Prime ...
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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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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 are the practicalities of having a non-MP as your party leader?

Recent examples of non-MP leaders for well-known UK parties are Natalie Bennett and Nigel Farage. This seems to generally only be the case if the party had very few or no elected MPs when choosing a ...
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What Behooves An Individual to Acknowledge a Country?

Simple observation shows some being occupying some space on some land on some planet. These are all physically real. If the being is a man and the space is then labeled a country on planet Earth, what ...
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Are there any existing laws comparable to Quebec's Bill 20?

Here is a link that explains more in detail what the bill 20 consists of: http://globalnews.ca/news/1728556/opinion-bill-20-will-turn-every-patient-in-quebec-into-a-number-instead-of-a-person/ ...
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Does the greek Syriza party have another political program than “renegotiate the debt”?

The newspaper clam that Syriza is a "far left" party and that it wants to renegotiate the greek government's debt. I don't understand how that makes them far left by any extension of mind. Actually ...
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Do political parties pay for opinion polls?

I'm curious about whether political parties pay survey companies for public opinion data. I could imagine, for example, the American parties having a consultancy relationship with Gallup or something....
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Is America really a corporation? [closed]

I have read several articles and websites that have stated that America is actually a corporation... But I don't think this is true since we have so many rights and freedom. Is America really a ...
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What does it mean to have a stable government?

I am doing an assessment and I have to write about why having a stable government is attractive to illegal immigrants. I do not know what exactly a stable government is though. Does it refer to the ...
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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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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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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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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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How can the UK Labour Party get a majority without a plurality of the popular vote?

It's often said in UK politics that the Conservatives usually require a 7 percent lead in the popular vote to gain an overall majority of seats in the House of Commons; but the Labour party can get a ...
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What is the historical composition by party of Australian parliament (HOR & Senate)?

I know from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Senate#Historical what the composition the senate has been, but I would also like to know how many seats were for each member of the Coalition, and ...
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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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What determines the identify of “the minority party” leadership if there are more than two parties?

In the US Congress, there are leadership positions held in both majority and minority parties (e.g. the "majority leader" or "minority whip"). In practice, there are almost always two parties, so the "...
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Do DWNominate scores take into account that not all votes are created equal?

Do DWNominate scores take into account that not all votes are created equal? Two issues come to mind immediately: Some votes are so uncontroversial that almost nobody votes against (naming a Post ...
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In Indian politics , how many parties are present currently [closed]

I want to know how many political parties there are in India. Can't there only be two parties, the ruling party and the opposition party, like there are in the United States?
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third US (major) political party

Given whole bunch of political deadlocks and big number of non-aligned voters third US party would be good solution of many US problems. Why there is no even slightest sign of forming such third ...
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Why are California Republicans against the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact?

States allocate their electoral college votes however they want to. Some, including California, legalized NPVIC (national popular vote interstate compact). This forces the state to give all its ...
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Why is Alfano considered a secessionist / couldn't he just keep PdL?

During late 2013 Berlusconi decided to re-found his old party FI, while Alfano, who was PdL secretary, disagreed. I was a bit surprised when Alfano was regarded as a secessionist, and was even more ...
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When and how did the Republican establishment come to oppose NSA surveillance?

When there were revelations during the Bush administration that the National Security Agency was conducting warrantless surveillance of phone calls and emails, Democrats generally opposed the NSA's ...
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Do any studies reflect a correlation between Republicans political positions and racial attitudes? [duplicate]

Dog-Whistle politics refers to code words that mean one thing to the general population, but have an additional, different, or special resonance for a targeted subgroup. alleged code words in 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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What should every individual know about their country's politics? [closed]

I know there won't be a short answer for this. But still, I want to ask this question. I have always come across two kind of people. The ones who are much more knowledgeable about politics and the ...
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How is UKIP seen in the United States and elsewhere?

I wonders whether UKIP is even known outside of Europe. UKIP is the United Kingdom Independence Party, which campaign on the right to self determination and libertarianism.
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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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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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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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Non-Biased Listing of Party Accomplishments

I was wondering if there is truely any place on the internet where one can see a non-biased list of political party contributions to there respective country (for me specifically Canada)? I find it ...
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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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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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King secretly funds left and right wing parties to stay in power. What's this called?

Some time ago, I read about a concept called the dialectic method of reigning (or similar). Imagine there is a monarch reigning over an absolutist country. A revolution is going on, and he fears ...
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Are laws restricting electoral oversight to particular parties constitutional?

In Tennessee (possibly in other jurisdictions as well), each county has an electoral commission made of five members. Legally, three must be from the party that holds a majority in the state general ...
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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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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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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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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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Do parties support the mayor/city council candidates in a Canadian city?

I voted in one prairie Canadian city for mayor and city council. In the country I was born, every mayor and counsellor is announced and supported by a party, which is known publicly. However, in this ...
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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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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 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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Forming national-agreement government in Nepal? [duplicate]

Nepal is one of the developing Himalaya countries [with Mt. Everest] in south Asia in between India and China. For about 10 years, there was an armed civil war led by NCP(Maoist). After peace talk ...
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Are there polls indicating party preference by major/concentration?

Most of the polls I saw seem to be fairly coarse and (for those that break out people by education) only break out people by whether they completed college, or postgrad, or none. Are there any good ...
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What will it take for a “Third Party” to gain REAL traction at any level in the United States? [closed]

I've been around long enough to be registered to and somewhat involved with a number of so-called "third party" efforts. These include the Libertarian, Peace and Freedom, Green and my very favorite ...