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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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Why are US gun laws so lax? [duplicate]

The gun politics in the USA are unusually lax compared to most other first world countries. Why are they like this?
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Why are Kinder Surprise Eggs illegal in the USA?

In the USA, Kinder Surprise Eggs are banned by the government. What is the reason?
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Are cost effectiveness studies regularly done for weapon systems?

Possibly I have some economist bias, but I'm used to idea of assessing cost effectiveness. In a few cases, when there was something like political debate in my country, I tried to google basic fact ...
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Who in the US actually “sends” astronauts to the Moon? The executive or the legislative branch?

The sources cited in this question and in the news mention that in a recent speech to the US space council, vice president Pence announced that NASA should land astronauts on the south pole of the ...
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Did US vice president Pence say anything close to “by any means necessary”?

I have not been able to find a transcript of US vice president Pence's recent (26-Mar-2019) speech to the US Space Council. This one is from last year. The phrase By any means necessary carries a ...
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How feasible are the economic policies that Bernie Sanders proposes? [closed]

In particular, I am interested in the purported economic effects of Implementing universal health care Tuition Free higher education Any relevant studies with appropriately cited sources would be ...
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Are there any countries with specific legislation or policy on the rights of strong AI?

Any country that has detailed the specific rights they grant strong AI and how they define that strong AI and their stance towards it?
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Why are South Korean content laws so strict?

I am from South Korea, and in my country, graphic content laws are extremely strict - so strictly enforced that the following events had happened: 19+ filter on Google and YouTube Government blocked ...
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Why is the US increasing its oil exports in recent years after protecting its oil reserves for a long time?

The United States will lead oil-supply growth over the next six years, thanks to the incredible strength of its shale industry, triggering a rapid transformation of global oil markets. By 2024, the ...
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What type of political instruments can a government use in order to keep housing rental prices in check? [duplicate]

Background I live in Malta (expat), where the rental prices have exploded over the last 5-6 years due to a heavy influx of expats in finance and online gaming, that have higher disposable income and ...
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Does the US government have any planning in place to ensure there's no shortages of food, fuel, steel and other commodities?

Every time we go shopping store shelves are full of food, gas stations are stocked up on gas, car dealerships have no shortage of cars, etc. But who is ensuring that all of the complex processes ...
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Why do governments encourage saving resources instead of simply raising the price on them?

Every day we hear messages from the government about the importance of saving fuel, natural gas, water, electricity, etc. Governments pass laws requiring that showers are not too powerful, cars ...
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Who funds the Global Public Policy Initiative?

There's this Berlin-based think tank called the Global Public Policy Initiative (GPPI). Their website says they are an "independent" institute, which in layman's terms means they're trying to ...
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Has any person/group ever actively campaigned to switch to an opt out policy for organ donation in the US?

There are generally two options for determining rather a deceased individual's organs can be used from donation. The Opt-in policy says that the organs can not be used unless a person explicitly ...
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How could a wealth tax (not income tax) be implemented to make evasion difficult?

Recently liberals and conservatives alike have floated returning to the high marginal income tax rates of the mid 20th century, as a method to help reduce inequality in the United States, among other ...
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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 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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Is there a study that measures the effectiveness of lotteries in increasing VAT revenue?

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, ...