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A policy is a deliberate system of principles to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes.

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How does Israel decide what DNA is Jewish?

When a person claims to be ethnically Jewish and wants to make Aliyah Israel's immigration authorities may request a DNA test. See this and this. However I cannot find the details of how it is decided ...
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Why is the West concerned about the enforcement of certain attire on women in Afghanistan but unconcerned about similar European policy?

France, Canada and other countries have introduced hijab bans - bans on essential Islamic dress that hijab-practicing Muslim women cannot appear in public without. Adding to this the proposed values ...
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Why must Canadian cannabis be packaged in child-proof containers, but not Alcohol/Tobacco?

The Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Regulations lay out a set of guidelines that regulate the packaging requirements for Cannabis distribution in the country. Among the more basic and expected ...
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Why do constitutions not incorporate a clause on population control?

A vast majority of modern states don't have a explicit constitutional clause on population control either (that I am aware of). It seems fair to surmise that it is the consensus of the majority of ...
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Is increasing punishments for gun smuggling effective at curbing gun violence?

One common argument often made by pro-firearm activists as a counter to blanket gun-control measures is that in order to curb gun violence, the solution is to have increased punishments on the process ...
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Why does China still maintain an "#-child" policy?

China has recently announced the replacement of the Two-Child Policy with the Three-Child policy one. The main reason is that 2020 had the lowest population growth rate in the last decades (about 0.15%...
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Is there any academic paper saying that the US or EU encountered problems in fighting COVID-19 because of balancing liberty of civilizations? [closed]

I am looking for academic works prove or state that the US or EU encountered problems in fighting COVID-19 because of balancing liberty of civilizations.
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Why are African countries using direct and indirect taxation against their farmers to tax them at a rate twice as high than anywhere in the world?

Why are African countries using direct and indirect taxation against their farmers to tax them at a rate twice as high than anywhere in the world? I found this in a research paper entitled Why kill ...
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Why are Democrats fighting so hard to vaccinate the reluctant?

Even though safe and effective COVID vaccines have been given emergency use authorization in the US, some people are still reluctant to receive them, over safety concerns, preference for "natural ...
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What are the major policy differences between Clinton and Biden?

In a very broad sense, what are the main differences between the policies of Hillary Clinton Vs those of Joe Biden (based on statements made by their respective campaigns or other official/reliable ...
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How can gun violence be prevented through policy or action without infringing on the 2nd Amendment? [closed]

The definition of "infringing on the 2nd Amendment" is highly subjective and a heavy source of debate, so for the scope of this question, let's assume that this means the government cannot ...
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How did Obama improve the economy

Obama inherited a bad economy from Bush. My question what policies is Obama responsible for for improving the economy? What exactly did Obama do? When I look at the stats its clear during his ...
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Why do many conservatives in US like the free market but not transactional sex?

I wonder why conservatives like the free market but not transactional sex? It’s okay for some guy to make tons of money. It’s okay for shops to get lots of customers. It’s okay for large corporations ...
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What is the dominant rationale for student loan forgiveness among academics and politicians?

I understand that President Biden has been discussing the possibility of loan forgiveness for student loans. This has also increasingly become a topic of debate in recent years as student loans have ...
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Politics of incentivizing talented people from other fields to become teachers [closed]

I was thinking about how creative incentives (such as signing bonuses for example) can encourage talented people who are able to teach to go into teaching. The idea is that many of those people don't ...
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Are there any US politicians that want to reduce housing prices?

Over the last year, the Federal Reserve has propping up the already historically high housing market by purchasing/backing trillions of dollars of mortgages, preventing a decline in house prices like ...
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How is it decided where on the left-right spectrum a policy falls?

It seems possible to argue for many policies from either perspective. For example, you could argue against war from a left perspective by calling it imperialism and full of human rights violations. ...
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Has the Biden administration communicated a plan for overcoming US division?

For now, civil society in the US looks divided, and that is a problem. Has the incoming Biden administration or the Democratic party expressed any specific policies or plans for the purpose of ...
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Is it economically viable to replace property taxes and consumption taxes with local income taxes? What are the downsides of such a proposal?

In the United States, most counties and cities levy property taxes and consumption taxes to fund local budgets. Consumption taxes are regressive, and property taxes can be burdensome on senior ...
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How normal is it to have a ministry for a specific disability?

Bernie Finn MP is Shadow Assistant Minister for Autism. There is no (Assistant) Minister for Autism in the Victorian Government, nor is there a (Shadow) Minister for Depression, Spina Bifida, Neurosis,...
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How could the US Congress reduce the size of the US Supreme Court?

There are a number of questions regarding the motivations and effects of "packing" the supreme court in the United States of America by adding more justices of the appointer's preference. It ...
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What have been Trump's successful policies/reforms? [duplicate]

Honestly, I'm not personally inclined to support Trump because his rhetoric and misinformation tactics rub me the wrong the way, but I make a point to consume centered media as often as I can and I ...
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Is "fiscal cynicism" an issue in any Western country?

Local and general elections are coming soon in Romania and there is a debate related to a law discussed by the Romanian Parliament: raising pensions by 40%. The opposition seems to want this to really ...
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What is the current US Helium recycling policy?

This rather old Nature article argues about the importance of Helium recycling due to its scarcity: (..) scientists rely on to cool superconducting magnets inside nuclear magnetic resonance ...
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What can local governments do to reform the police & policing? [closed]

Much of the oversight power for police departments and sheriff departments is with local government. For example, in Michigan, the elected officials that oversee police departments in cities are City ...
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Why does South Korea invest 4.6% of their GDP in scientific research?

The amounts countries are spending on R&D in PPP$ This link shows that South Korea is the largest spender of R&D in the world in terms of amount. What drives them toward such enormous amount ...
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Why do many countries ban the sale of one's own blood?

According to this article (in Spanish) blood from people recovered from covid-19 is a millionaire's business, laboratories in the US were paying up to thousands of dollars for blood from people who ...
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When did the US start separating illegal immigrants from their children and what is this policy called?

I am trying to understand the precise (objective) history of either the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practice of separating children (minors) of ...
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Why are helmets and seatbelts required?

Suppose someone is drinking and driving, or speeding; then he is obviously a threat to other road drivers and pedestrians. But someone, who isn't wearing a helmet or seat belt, is neither harming ...
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What are efficient approaches to counter drug trafficking?

I recently heard that for a City/State it might be better to educate people and help them get away from drugs rather than fighting the drug dealers with more and more police force. Based on the ...
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Why do US police use handcuffs in otherwise calm, non-violent circumstances?

When the Atlanta police recently discovered that a driver, who was otherwise calm and cooperative was "over the alcohol limit" after a long and largely fruitless conversation (during which ...
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Does the US account for inter-generational equity/imbalances when producing fiscal policy?

There are many studies concerned with how various generations subsidize each other, usually assuming current laws hold for all future generations. Do any government agencies (like CBO, the Treasury, ...
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Can the US President implement restrictions on police unionization

One potential for helping solve the problem of police brutality, as discussed in this question is to curb the power that police unions currently hold. As it stands, disciplinary measures are subject ...
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How has the Scottish Government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic differed from that of the UK Government?

As healthcare is a devolved matter in the UK, the Scottish government is broadly responsible for the Scottish response to the pandemic, while the UK government is chiefly responsible for the response ...
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Who polices the police in the USA?

Who polices the police in the USA? Is there anyone a police officer has to answer to for committing racist acts, abusing their power, or committing other crimes unnecessarily?
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How can police brutality be prevented through policy?

Police Brutality (defined as a civil rights violation where officers exercise undue or excessive force against a civilian) is not equally prevalent in all governments and all places, which indicates ...
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Do any states or countries punish people less for distracted/drunk driving accidents compared to speeding accidents? [closed]

Have any countries or states implemented a policy similar to this? People who cause non-fatal accidents due to distracted driving (texting, eating, make up, sleeping, etc.) or drugged driving (...
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Why does the UK government write off student loan debt after 30 years?

In the UK, if you haven't paid back student loans within 30 years they are written off. Why would the government institute such a policy? As far as I can see, it results in most people not paying back ...
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Has the membership of SAGE during the COVID-19 pandemic been published?

SAGE is the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, a key body which advises the UK government on its approach to emergencies. Its membership is not fixed, the gov.uk website linked above states: ...
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What are current political activities to promote YouTubers' community interests?

In 2019, there has been a declaration of partnership between IG Metall and YouTubers' trade union. Have there been further political activities to actually promote YouTubers' community interests, ...
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What political and social factors underlie Sweden's controversial response to COVID-19?

Sweden has adopted a far less radical set of policies in reaction to COVID-19 than most other European states. Many other European states are in "lock-down", with severe restrictions on ...
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Why can one still buy newspapers during lockdown?

In the middle of the Covid-19 lockdown, at least in France and in Italy newsagents are in the list of first-necessity stores that remain open. "To go buy a newspaper" is a legitimate reason to leave ...
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What is the rationale behind delaying the imposition of more radical Covid-19 countermeasures?

On March 3rd, the UK government released a publication detailing its Coronavirus action plan, which contains the four-stage plan that will be implemented throughout the country, in all four devolved ...
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FBI and procedures to prevent unauthorized searches

I have read from an article that members of the FBI took advantage of a program called Section 702, which "granted FBI agents the ability to search a database of electronic intelligence, including ...
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Does the US government have any plan to punish Equifax for failure to stop Chinese breach?

I read about how Equifax was hacked by Chinese hackers and stole the data of over 146 million Americans, a hack that was partially only possible because Equifax made simple security mistakes like ...
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Does Iran have any trade deals with China and if it does, can they protect Iran's economy from economic sanctions?

I read about how Iran has been looking to China for trade in response to sanctions from the United States and the West and how Iran already trades with China using oil. However, what I want to know is ...
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Is there any way for somebody to privately own land in China?

I was reading about land ownership in China and found an article that described how land ownership works in China. Apparently, land is owned by the Chinese Communist Party, but leases are given to ...
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Why was the budget for the Center of Disease Control being cut drastically?

Right now, the CDC - according to The Trust for America's Health (TFAH)- says that the Center of Disease Control is underfunded by $4.5 billion and an act passed on December 22, 2017 cut $750 million ...
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Does Iran have religious protections for members of the Zoroastrianism faith?

I know Iran is majority Muslim and that some of the other faiths that can be found in Iran like the Bahai Faith have been persecuted throughout its existence. I have also learned that Zoroastrianism ...
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Do any 2020 Democratic primary candidates support repealing the PATRIOT Act and eliminating mass surveillance in the United States?

Thinking back to how big of a scandal it was when President Obama signed the USA Freedom Act in 2015, and more generally how much flak Obama received with his handling of the 2013 surveillance ...

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