Questions tagged [parties]

Questions relating to political parties: groupings of individuals who act together to contest elections, and hold power in the government.

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Why does Italy have so many political parties?

It's a bit of a running joke but Italy has many political parties and this causes its governments to be unstable. For example currently it has six major political parties plus dozens of minor players....
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What are the main differences between US First Party System and Second/Third Party Systems?

Apparently, there exist several "party system" partitions of American political history: First Party System - 1792 to 1824. Federalists vs Republican-Democrats Second Party System - 1828 to 1854, ...
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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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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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Is the United States primary system detrimental to moderate candidates?

The argument says that because candidates must prove themselves as the most potent standard bearer for their respective parties in the primary election (to even get a shot at the general election), it ...
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In US politics, what are the grounds for the Republican opposition to alternative energy?

(DISCLAIMER: I am asking this in the most non-partisan way possible. Please no arguments or mudslinging!) What are the Republican party's premises for opposing alternative energy in place of fossil ...
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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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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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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 differences between the Tea Party and the Republican Party?

To Republicans, the Tea Party movement is considered a separate organization espousing some Republican ideals. What are the particular idiosyncrasies that differentiate between the Republicans and the ...
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What is the legal role for parties in the U.S.?

Article 21 of the German Basic Law states Political parties shall participate in the formation of the political will of the people. [...] Details shall be regulated by federal laws. ...and they ...
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How have greater than two party systems functioned in the past?

An earlier question (Why can't voting be fair if there are more than two alternatives?) got me thinking. Are there any examples of governments where more than 2 parties have had major roles in the ...
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Can the Chinese government system be considered a limited form of democracy?

According to Wikipedia the Communist Party of China has over 80 million members. It is about 6% of the population! This is more than the total membership in many (or most) western democracies. I'm ...
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What are the practical differences between a US Senator from a party, and an Independent Senator caucusing with that party? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do independents choose a party to caucus with? In the USA, you can be elected to the Senate as an "Independent". Notable examples include Bernie Sanders and Joseph ...
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How do independents choose a party to caucus with?

I know that several independents in the US Senate (ie. Bernie Sanders) caucus with the Democrats. Officially, what does that mean? How do independents choose whom to caucus with (both ideologically ...
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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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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?