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Questions tagged [policy]

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

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What could an infrastructure bill look like?

With the incoming congress, a lot of talk has happened that infrastructure is something the republicans and democrats could come together on. What are some key aspects of infrastructure that they ...
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Why do the people (through their representatives) pay for the police officers' transgressions against the people?

The practice sounds a bit counter intuitive (to me) and I'd like to know if there is a logic behind it and what that logic is. I understand paying for their services. What I don't understand is paying ...
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What are the “mainstream technocratic approaches”?

From the Introduction chapter of Radical Markets, by Eric Glen Weyl and Eric Posner: Even the best-run governments of the most advanced countries rally around the mainstream technocratic approach ...
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What could a vegan mayor actually do?

Civic elections are coming up in my city, and this got me wondering... If the electorate decided to elect a mayor and council where a majority wanted to use their powers as elected officials to ...
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Has the abolishment of the FCC fairness doctrine led to political polarization in the US?

From after World War II the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforced as policy (fairness doctrine), which required broadcasters to discuss controversial matters of public interest and give ...
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Are there some systematic attempts to evaluate how pro-Christian-Right presidential policies have been?

I read an opinion piece in USA Today stating basically that Trump is the best president ever (eletcted, insofar) for the Christian right: Never has the religious right had such a strong friend and ...
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Why did political parties form in the United States?

In George Washington's "Farewell Address", the first President specifically warns about the dangers of political parties. He admits that people tend to naturally align in groups, but also warns that ...
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Introduction of A/B tests on policy

Are there any instances where a government used "test" laws to determine the effect of a policy before enacting that policy on the whole population. For example, before rolling out a plan to the whole ...
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Is the proposal to create a US Space Force being taken seriously?

It seems like there have been a number of unusual ideas in recent American politics. And that's saying something because, as a foreigner looking in, it's never seemed normal. Is Space Force being ...
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Is there any recent US campaign that contradicts “all politics is local” conjecture?

I have watched this TED presentation that argues about global issues: (..) you might be thinking to yourself, how can we possibly persuade world leaders to sustain a focus on global issues? ...
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UK Chequers and Facilitated Customs Arrangement

The statement released by the UK Government from Chequers on July 6th 2018 said that a “facilitated customs arrangement” would be implemented to enable tariffs to diverge between the UK and the EU. ...
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UK Chequers Statement and Trade Deals

The statement released on 6th July 2018 by the UK Government from Chequers stated that the intention was to maintain a common rulebook for all goods and agri-food. Will this enable the UK to allow ...
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Restrictions on reform to the common agricultural policy by the UK post-Brexit

The EU Common Agricultural Policy has come in for a lot of criticism over the years, and one effect of Brexit is to give the UK government the opportunity to reform the UK system after it leaves the ...
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How to make a political figure to not giving speech about his political vision in an event?

I am about to make an event and going to invite some political figures. The event must be a politic free event. But, I can't control the action of these political figures. This year is the year ...
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What are pharmaceutical companies lobbying for exactly?

I have been wondering what public policy or specific incentives pharmaceutical companies would even hold in lobbying for US elections... Top Spenders according to OpenSecrets ... According to this ...
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Does the DEA have authority to prohibit any substance?

According to the DEA’s Denial of Petition To Initiate Proceedings To Reschedule Marijuana from 2011, one reason for the cannabis plant’s Schedule I status is because it has “no currently accepted ...
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Has any policy countered the regressiveness of property protection?

Protection of private property is one of the main roles of most governments, but the job is inherently regressive since the wealthy have so much more property to protect. Police tend to be more ...
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Why wouldn't EU recommend Baltic states and Ukraine to give Russian language the official status?

As known, Russian language is widely spoken in states of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, which are EU members, and Ukraine, which has signed the association with EU, being native up to 50% of citizens by ...
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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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Are security staff of foreign ambassadors allowed to carry firearms in countries such as UK?

Let's consider the UK, where most police officers do not carry firearms. Authorised Firearms Officers (AFOs) may only carry firearms when authorised by an "appropriate authorising officer". Are ...
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Why have US Presidents historically not attended WEF-Davos?

For more than 40 years, the World Economic Forum has met annually to discuss business, politics, research, and policy yet only two US Presidents have ever attended: Clinton (2000) and Trump (2018). ...
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Why isn't there public pressure to increase the highway speed limits given that most drivers speed on a daily basis?

When driving on a highway with speed limits (which is pretty much every road except for the Autobahn) one can notice that most drivers break the limit by at least 5-10 km/h. Where the speed limit is ...
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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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Has anyone attempted to quantify the effects of a full legalization of all drugs?

Many thought leaders (such as Richard Branson) believe that a full legalization of all drugs is the best approach for global drug policy. But has anyone ever attempted to calculate the effects of how ...
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Why do countries encourage nationalism?

Coming from the subcontinent I was raised to love and defend my country no matter what (e.g. in discussions always say that no matter what my country did not do anything wrong). I am now living in ...
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What do you call it when everyone gets an equal vote on how taxes are spent?

I had an idea and was wondering if there's a term for it or if there might even be groups or research surrounding this policy. The basic idea is that each year citizens of a country would vote for ...
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Why does Modi administration want SIM cards to be linked to Aadhaar card?

Why does Modi administration want SIM cards to be linked to Aadhaar card, especially when "mobile theft" is a big business in India ?
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Healthcare costs [closed]

I am near 40 now and have always been athletic which has led multiple hospital visits in various states (sometimes I had health insurance sometimes I didn't). Also, I now live in HI which has great ...
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How is polygamy handled policy wise in democratic countries where it is legal?

First question: are there any democratic ("somewhat" democratic like Russia counts... Saudi Arabia or any other Islamic theocracy does not) countries where polygamy is not fully illegal the way it is ...
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Why would somebody want to shut down a speaking event? [closed]

In recent months we have had stories, mostly from college campuses, about speaking events being shut down by organized violence, pulling fire alarms and so forth. As I see it there are two outcomes ...
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When is an act considered domestic terrorism in regards to US policy?

Fifty people were killed yesterday during a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. When is a mass shooting or killings considered domestic terrorism by the U.S. federal government?
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What are the arguments for keeping the Jones Act, and who is making them?

Since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, there was a growing call to suspend the Jones Act, which imposes protectionist limits preventing any foreign ships from carrying goods between American ...
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What controls, organizations, or mitigations are there that limit or reduce bribery in politics and policing?

I'm trying to identify the key systematic components that prevent bribery in politics, policing, or legislation. What national, or ideally international, organizations exist that have some sphere of ...
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What are the defining characteristics of the militarisation of police? [closed]

There is a meme of police militarisation where people show a picture of police wearing a mask or driving a truck with armor, and use it to instil fear of police. On the wikipedia page - they say it ...
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Is there a study to measure the effectiveness of lotteries to increase VAT?

Quite recently several countries began using (VAT) lotteries to offer an incentive for people to request a receipt when purchasing goods and services. These countries include Malta, Poland, Slovakia, ...
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What can/do governments do to address house prices being driven up by foreign investors?

How are governments dealing with the problem of foreign investors ratcheting up the cost of homes in countries like the USA, Canada, Japan, etc. What have/could countries done policy wise to deal with ...
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If presidents are impeached and removed from office, how are they forced out?

I'm curious what actually happens after the president is impeached. Does he have to take it upon himself to resign? Do the speaker and the majority leader march into his office, hand him a letter and ...
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How might you describe this political position?

There appears to be an "Oxbridge consensus" demonstrated by successive UK governments This approach is characterised by an uncompromising laissez-faire approach in some policy areas (migration, ...
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How are the heads of state preparing their meals? [closed]

I am wondering for a long time how the heads of state or politicians are preparing their meals ? A president of the country is given a meal in his honor on a trip abroad But how is the safety of ...
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What policies have been discussed or implemented to tackle Celibacy Syndrome in Japan [closed]

As we know that Japan is struggling with the problem of Celibacy Syndrome. What strategic steps has Japan taken to end its fight with celibacy syndrome? What policies have been implemented?
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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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What countries currently adopt anti-natalist policies?

What countries currently adopt anti-natalist policies? As defined in the political issues section of Birth Control wiki: Conversely, other countries have policies to reduce the birth rate (for ...
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What laws would an anarchical country have?

Since no official attempts to my knowledge have been made to form fully fledged anarchical societies, at least not on any significant scale, I thought it would be interesting to present the above ...
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Why are face covering ban policies being proposed?

There have been plenty of instances in recent history across Europe where parties want to ban covering of the face: Norway Proposes Ban on Face Covering in Schools, Kindergartens Ukip pledge to ban ...
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Who came up with the “dementia tax” for the conservative manifesto?

The British Conservatives have lost their absolute majority in the 2017 snap election. One reason, it appears, is that older people got irritated because of the (what the opposition quickly branded as)...
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Government policy to incentivise third party investment

What reasonable policies could governments implement to incentivise NGOs and economic consulting firms to invest in national reserve conservation? More specifically I want to know about how mining ...
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What does the term “White Privilege” mean?

I hear this term "white privilege" when something major happens like a school shooting, police shooting, or even during sentence hearings involving people of different ethnicity. What does "White ...
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What are Trump's incentives for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement?

Donald Trump has been a pretty strong advocate for repealing and undoing rules & regulations aiming to cut climate change, however recently the New York Times and Axios have reported that Trump is ...
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Who decides what can serve as reserve for fractional reserve banking?

In Fractional reserve banking, which is the common practice these days in most (?) states in the world, a bank is required to limit its loans to a certain multiple of its reserves. I know that ...
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What democratic systems exist that successfully tackle NIMBYism?

As explained by Wikipedia: NIMBY (an acronym for the phrase "Not In My Back Yard"), or Nimby (as a word, instead of an acronym), is a pejorative characterization of opposition by residents to a ...