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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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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Differences and Similarities Between a Democracy and a Republic

What are the key differences and similarities between republics and democracies? Here on politics.SE there are a fair number of questions like "Is X a Democracy?" or "Is Y a Republic?&...
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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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How does gerrymandering work in the US?

I have a vague idea of what gerrymandering is and that it appears to be common in the US, but I don't really understand where it comes from, how it is applied, how common "common" really is, whether ...
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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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What is gerrymandering?

What is gerrymandering? Is Adam Ruins Everything - Why Rigging Elections Is Completely Legal an accurate description of gerrymandering? What was the original idea behind it?
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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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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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Is Switzerland a republic?

I always thought that Switzerland was neither a monarchy nor a republic. The members of the federal council are not here by inheritance, nor are they elected by the people. Instead, they are elected ...
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Judges appointment mechanisms

What are the common/main mechanisms to appoint judges in different western countries? How is the head of the judiciary system elected?
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Why do politicians make so much money? [closed]

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 dollars annually ...
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Is there a minimum amount of opportunity to provide for reading a bill to be passed?

The Republican tax plan was just passed, and there's a bit of uproar about the way it was released. Several of the Democratic congressmen have complained they were not able to read it, both because ...
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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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Is there a link between political system and any of the various quality of life indicators, including environmental impacts?

This question asks about the correlation between political system and economic growth. A similar but distinctly different question: is there any correlation between political system and one of the ...
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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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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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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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Is there a correlation between political system and economic growth?

I would like to know whether there are any pieces of scientific research indicating that some political systems are more likely to produce a large economic growth than others. Which systems are they? ...
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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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Are there any examples of contested elections held to elect a king?

Are there any examples of contested elections that were held to elect a king? Target Fact Patterns By this, I mean two main fact patterns. A king is elected from multiple candidates in a country ...
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What factors lead to a 2 party vs a multi party system

When looking around the world it seems that some countries only have 2 parties that get any power e.g. the USA and then you have other countries that consistently have power shared among multiple ...
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How can citizens learn more about the origin & current process of gerrymandering in the U.S. political system?

I'm looking for educational resources that I can share with others in an effort to engage more citizens in how our election system actually works. Why does gerrymandering exist, and how does it ...
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Can we accurately model history and predict political outcomes in software?

We use computers (and AI) to engineer structures, to simulate car crashes and traffic patterns, and to do predictive meteorology. Is there a serious application of a Sims or a Civilization approach to ...
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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 ...