Questions tagged [political-system]

The set of formal legal institutions that constitute a “government” or “state” including actual as well as prescribed political behaviours: not only the legal organization of the state but also the reality of how the state functions.

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is this definition of the State complete?

The State is an organization intended/designed/created and maintained by a People in order to make known, apply and defend People's Will. The State ensures the progress in fulfilling the People's ...
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Why aren't authoritarian governments overthrown sooner?

On my point of view it is pretty simple to overthrow an authoritarian government. You just have to gather a lot of people in the smallest area possible (where the leader is located). Further actions ...
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What caused a change in Bo Xilai's support for "elitists" into support for "populists"?

Bo Xilai Wiki's Political alignment and affiliations section states that: In the course of his career, Bo Xilai was the beneficiary of considerable patronage from former Communist Party leader Jiang ...
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Why do politicians make so much money?

Senators, ministers, presidents, .... all these people earn a lot of money, and not just during their work: when the president of the US leaves office, they will receive about $200,000 annually as a ...
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What are the differences between lobbying and bribery in the US?

I've heard some claims about "lobbyism is justified bribery", but I doubt if a modern country can legalize such mechanism. Finally, I've lacked arguments to describe the differences, and all ...
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How to differentiate propaganda from actual news in a democratic country?

As I've understood, propaganda can still be produced in democratic countries, and potentially can be used to target a domestic audience. But I presume that being able to differentiate propaganda from ...
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Can propaganda be present/produced in democratic countries?

I'm used to hear opinions, that, for example, RT is "Russian propaganda" and "Global Times" is Chinese propaganda. In general, according to this point of view, propaganda is a mark ...
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Is an "enlightened public" political system a form of democracy, or of technocracy/epistocracy?

I am not sure who originally came up with this idea, but in his book Against Democracy, Jason Brennan talks about a political system he calls "simulated oracle", or an "enlightened ...
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Why does China brand itself as being communist when it's arguably not any more communist than Japan or most social democracies in Europe? [duplicate]

Why does China brand itself as being communist when it's arguably not any more communist than Japan or most social democracies in Europe? General Motors sold more cars in China than in the United ...
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If the goal of communism is a stateless society, then why do we refer to authoritarian governments such as China as communist?

The actions taken by these governments seem to be more fascist than communist. The term communism is used to describe so many contradicting policies and it is very confusing.
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What can US senators do against diversity trainings in the US Army?

Recently, I've read about Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw launching a campaign against diversity training in the US Army: We won’t let our military fall to woke ideology, I ...
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Direct voting on every issue (referendum) - new political system

First of all, I am not a politician. I am just a computer scientist. I asked this question because I do not think that I have adequate knowledge of various political systems. Background: Over the ...
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What's the difference between Cooperativism, Market Socialism, and Syndicalism?

What's the difference between Cooperativism (the replacing of Capitalist firms with worker co-ops like Mondragon), Market Socialism, and Syndicalism? Given that they're all systems where workers ...
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What's my power to change government in a democratic society?

How can I, even in a small way, fight against politicians who vote for the growth of their own wage or their corruption? It seems we're in a well organized society and that everybody is being ...
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Henry Kissinger and the International Criminal court

The International Criminal Court was created by the Rome Statute in 1998, entered into force in 2002 and is currently ratified by 124 nations. This is the court par excellence, for prosecuting crimes ...
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Does Florida have a tenant-friendly political system?

I am originally from the Northeastern part of the United States and it was my experience for those times that I have been a tenant that there was plenty of legal recourse and attorneys willing to get ...
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What are some potential dangers of decentralization in fragile societies?

I'm working on a paper where I consider a decentralized*/federalized* political system in Afghanistan. While there are many journal articles (a quick google search would show this) arguing in favor of ...
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Do Americans want to abolish the two-party system? If no, why not? If yes, why do they take actions that only strengthen it? [closed]

Most countries have figured out that a two-party system is pretty inefficient. One could write a book or two about why this is so, but suffice it to say that a two-party system is too coarse to ...
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Why did Rihanna put out a tweet in support of the farmer's protests in India? [closed]

Why did Riri ( Rihanna) put out a tweet in support of farmers in India ? Kangana - Bollywood queen - said in response that Rihanna was funded by Khalistan, so she tweeted. Is this true?
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Why do people say the Pakistani government has failed because the army is interfering with politics?

I have seen people say that the Pakistani government is not strong enough because many governmental decisions are taken by the Pakistani army. Why do the people consider the involvement of the army ...
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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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What are the arguments against meritocracy?

Meritocracy is a political philosophy which holds that certain things, such as economic goods or power, should be vested in individuals on the basis of talent, effort and achievement. Advancement in ...
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What are the influences of the military's involvement in politics in terms of theories? [closed]

What are the theoretical influences of the military's involvement in politics, especially on decision making and how the political system runs, that make a military-involved political system different ...
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When does it become in an authoritarian ruler's interest for the country to become totalitarian?

There have been many totalitarian nations throughout history, such as Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union under Stalin's rule, China under Mao Zedong, Italy under Benito Mussolini, and the modern-day North ...
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The politicization of the supreme court

It seems that both the Republican and Democratic parties look at the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice as a political move. Optimally, a judge has no part in politics. Their personal opinion ...
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What is Conservatism and why do people think it's not rooted for a democracy?

I hear people talk about conservative parties and countries but I don't understand what this philosophy means? What is Conservatism and why is it not suitable for democracies when some parties call ...
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How much is Russia actually a federation?

The official name of Russia is Federation of Russia. Federations are normally a bunch of semi-independant federated states that have their own local laws and tax-collecting habits, but that defer ...
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Why don't political parties support independent candidates to the extreme of their opponent to split the opposition vote?

Let's say you're the DNC, why not fund an independent candidacy for a somewhat well-known, legitimate conservative politician who is too extreme to actually get elected, but with views appealing to ...
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How do dictators maintain their grip on power?

Take, for example, Alexander Lukashenko. He is in power for the last 26 years. How does he maintain the chain of command? Why do his ministers obey him? Why do bureaucrats obey him? Why does the Army ...
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Can the U.S. technically be called an oligarchy and a democracy?

I thought theoretically the U.S. could be a democracy (because people have a say in the daily workings of the government) and an oligarchy ( the president, the Supreme Court, etc... are the only ones ...
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What is the purpose of democracy?

In many modern political debates democracy is often considered an unalloyed virtue: things are good because they are democratic. Things the people have voted for are good because they represent the "...
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If authoritarian regimes are so bad, why do we see so many of them?

This is my first question here... If authoritarian regimes are so bad, why do we see so many of them? I don't understand why they are so prevalent in the world. It can't be because people are gullible ...
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Why does the US only have two major political parties?

As a Brit who for the first time has started following US politics, I cannot understand when it comes to choosing a President there is an option of only two political parties from who to choose from? ...
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What were the reasons for creating special districts for a nations capital? And how many are there?

Both in Australia and the US, the capital is located in a special district, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Dictrict of Columbia, respectively. What were the reasons for creating a ...
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Has there been a headless state?

Has there been a state without an office satisfying the definition of a head of state? This question is mostly about the modern times because I'm not sure if we can give a satisfactory definition for ...
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How are residents of the Australian Capital Territory represented compared to other states and territories?

Every once in a while, the discussion of statehood for Washington D.C. flares up, with the argument made, that residents of Washington D.C. are less represented in Congress than residents of other US ...
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Does the word party in the “Boston tea party” mean a literal party or a political party? [closed]

Did the term party already represent a political meaning at that time as a group of people, or was it just used as a celebration term?
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Why has the State been considered as a problematic institution?

I have enrolled in a course of Public Administration and there is a paper called State, society, and Public Administration. Unfortunately it is a course which a student needs to study him/herself ...
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What is the name of this kind of political regime run by AI? [closed]

What is the name of a political regime where an Artificial Intelligence rules all and make decisions?
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Does any country "filter" otherwise eligible political candidates?

In Brazil, almost anyone can enter politics as long as they meet these conditions: must have Brazilian nationality or be naturalized; be in full exercise of political rights; be listed in the ...
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How widely accepted is the semi-parliamentary classification of executive-legislative relations that was espoused in Ganghof, 2018?

In Ganghof, 2018, the author argues that Australia and Japan both have a newly classified system of government that he dubbed the 'semi-parliamentary system'. In it, the legislative branch is split ...
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Losers Consent, Winners Lament? [closed]

There have been angry protests against the UK Parliamentary Election result and I commented that the result was democracy in action. In response, another person said that the protests are a result of ...
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Do presidential vetoes happen more in unified government or in divided government?

I know the president has the power to veto a bill passed by House and Senate. I am curious about if a veto happens more often in a unified government or divided government.
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Are there well-known democracy ranking/evaluation systems that penalize the fusion of powers (between the executive and legislative)?

Basically, I want to ask how accepted is the idea that fusion of powers between the executive and legislative, present in the Westminster-inspired systems, implies a democratic deficit of some kind. (...
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What is the name of the (atheistic) political ideology where rulers are considered the highest moral authority?

In a theocracy, God, is considered the top of the hierarchy. Then in some monarchies the line is blurred a bit because the monarch is considered appointed by God or to even be a living-God as in ...
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What is a constituency in the Georgian political system?

I want to try alternative voting systems and wanted to take Georgia as my mock example as their political elections data is very granular as one can see here. Georgian has a unicameral parliament, ...
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Difference between constitutional and executive presidents( U.S and EU)?

In what way is the position "president" different in presidential and parliamentary democracies? Presidential would be like in the USA and parliamentary would be like the UK's system.
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Cabinets in USA (presidential) and UK (parliamentary) system difference? [closed]

What differences are there in the way the cabinets work between the UK, with their parliamentary system, and the USA, with their presidential system?
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How much power does the Iranian president have?

As we all know, in Iran the supreme leader has the last word over the entire political system; with the president as the second highest leader. According to the law the president doesn't have the ...
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Why did the World Bank set the global poverty line at $1.90?

In early 2019 Bill Gates tweeted an infographic during the 45 meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos that showed that the proportion of people living in poverty had decreased from 94% in 1820 to ...