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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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 ...
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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 are, ...
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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?

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