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

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Where is information stored, that shouldn't nessecarily be stored in law but still needed in government [closed]

A law is defined as: the system of rules which a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and which it may enforce by the imposition of penalties. Where ...
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Why governments are against "producing" people in artificial wombs? [closed]

Many countries and regions have demographic problems, including all of Eastern Europe, Germany, Russia, and Japan. The reason - low birthrates and/or emigration to more developed countries. So ...
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Why don't attackers in war target government buildings as much as they could?

Russia did not flatten all of the central Kiev ministries, presidential, and parliament buildings with artillery. Yet it seems their artillery range was enough to allow that. And it is not just ...
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Why does the Indian government seem reluctant to appoint a new CDS?

The post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) remains vacant after the death of India's first CDS, General Bipin Rawat, in December 2021. The post was advertised to be extremely crucial when it was created....
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

The US government is drowning in lobbyist that undermine the democratic power of the people in favor of wealthy corporations/oligarchs. My question is: are there any significantly successful policies ...
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What are different ways a government can increase investment in a technology or industry?

One of the main elements of the UK government's new Energy Security Bill is a focus on decarbonising heat, including "supporting industry to step up investment in growing the consumer market for ...
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Do wars on foreign soil often affect military celebrations?

Many countries hold annual military celebrations of various kinds. How have these been affected when they were in another war? On foreign soil of course. I'm looking for examples of countries ...
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What is the general political direction of the Ukranian "Holos" party?

The Ukrainian political party "Holos" is described as a "liberal" in its Wikipedia page. The only political positions I see stated about the party revolve around economic policies. ...
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Who supports funding of the "Big Three" and who supports funding of NASA?

Context: A look at this graph (source: Wikipedia), especially after the "Billionaire Space Race", is interesting. We see that the funding for NASA increased somewhere around the moon ...
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Fact-based arguments for and against President Biden's plan to appoint a black female to the US Supreme Court as being like Affirmative Action [closed]

Wikipedia's Affirmative Action begins: Affirmative action refers to a set of policies and practices within a government or organization seeking to include particular groups based on their gender, ...
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What's the goal of banning Tobacco? [closed]

According to this article New Zealand is banning completely Tobacco for the new generations. The people behind the decision claim it is for health reason. However the current policy adopted by the ...
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Has the US Department of Justice made an attempt to define what is or isn't journalistic activity? Developing new policy, but to what will it apply?

From Politico's FBI raid on Project Veritas founder’s home sparks questions about press freedom At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last month, Garland was asked who qualifies as a journalist ...
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Seeking UK policy evidence that views of voters (in percentage terms) should be extrapolated to represent, by assumption, the views of non-voters [closed]

I’ve been trying, and failing, to find any formal documentation — preferably official policies or similar from gov.uk — that state or set forth the principle that in something like a referendum or a ...
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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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Are there countries where the legislative body is not allowed to propose laws that touch upon unrelated subjects?

As a recent example, the recent $2.3 trillion stimulus bill contained not just provisions related to supporting the American people, but also a requirement to produce a report on UFOs: Federal ...
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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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