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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Are there examples of military forces that aren't rigidly authoritarian?

We commonly think of military forces as being rigidly hierarchical, and committed to following orders to a suicidal extreme for individual soldiers. But, are there examples of military forces ...
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What are the most important fundamental problems with World Federalism?

World Federalism is a political view that promotes a world-wide federation as a means to secure peace among the subjects. The argument is that the rule of law has proven to be a reliable way to calm ...
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How to start and continue studying world's politics [closed]

Over last years I started to develop strong interest in politics and the way world works. I'm 23 year-old student of engineering, so I don't really get in touch with these topics in University. I had ...
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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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Do political assassinations and attempts correlate with portions of the political spectrum?

Do political assassins and would be assassins tend to cluster on portions of the political spectrum? Those from the USA in particular, but assuming there isn't enough data, a worldwide answer may be ...
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Capitalism and Democracy

Capitalism - an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state. Democracy - a system of government by the ...
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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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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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Are there successful opposition parties in illiberal democracies?

In the last decades a couple of illiberal democracies has emerged. It is common in these that while formally they are democracies, the democratic institutions are extremely weak, and the leaders and ...
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Is there a political theory of running state without politicians?

Is there some political theory to run a state without full-time politicians where policies are made based on sets of specialized communities? I was wondering with the advance of information ...
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Is there any region that considers to or already uses Demarchy?

According to this article, Demarchy is a form of statistical representative democracy which rely on collective intelligence: Improving on the age-old model of sortition democracy, by which the ...
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Political rule by council

What is the name of the political system ruled by nonelected council? Similar to corporate rule. I call it councilism, but looking for better name.
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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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Is anarchism opposed to the concept of god? [closed]

Why the negation of God by plenty of anarchists? I understand the negation of organized religion, because it confines and subdues the masses if each individual does not think or questions the human ...
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How would an anarchist society deal with insurgents?

Selecting Anarchism as an example, it defends a state of affairs without coercion or oppression, and it also defends, at least from what I read, the abolishment of prisons. What would one do with the ...
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Government vs private homicides? [duplicate]

This seems to be the case in the us, as well as Germany and other countries I have looked at. There seems to be a general correlation between the number of people police kill and the number criminals ...
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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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When can the US political system examine the president for mental health issues?

It's obvious that any president's mental health should be considered of utmost importance. In the USA, mental health tests are not a prerequisite to run for office. However, there are several systems ...
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Which Country has the lowest minimum age limit to compete in Elections?

I studied from many sources about the minimum age limit for competing in the elections. Many countries have that in the range 25-35 (in India it's 25). Many organisations proposed to reduce this age, ...
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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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How's the German government formed?

I was discussing with my colleagues about the differences in the formation of the government in our countries, but, to my partial surprise, they weren't able to describe in detail the process that ...
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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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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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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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Do politicians ever admit they made a bad decision?

So, I understand that in the hope of re-election, politicians often have to maintain a pretense of infallibility. The assumption being that they must have done everything right in the past, in order ...
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What are most common formulas for computing inequality? [closed]

For the moment let's ignore distribution models like meritocracy. Suppose a group has decided to divide their money in a certain way. What are the different formulas to measure how even or equal ...
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Procedure to choose voters for State Legislative Council

Below is the election procedure for Legislative council. Please read the categories of people voting listed below. Among them, how to choose the voters under section (2) and (3)? Because there are ...
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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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Why aren't authoritarian governments overthrown sooner?

On my point of view 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 can ...
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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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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 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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AGIL scheme of Talcott Parsons

I feel very lost in my political science course and now we're talking about functionalism, more especially about Talcott Parsons and his AGIL scheme. It seems so abstract to me. Do you have a ...
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Who schedules US congressional votes and how flexible is this process?

Who sets the schedule in Congressional roll call votes? So who or which group decides when Congress votes on what issues and how flexible is this process? Is there some scope such that the votes on ...
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Has any of the presidential candidates ever mentioned fixing our aging infrastructure?

There's no denying, these recent historic floods we've been having in the past couple of years have only shown how our aging infrastructure needs to be fixed. No proper drainage systems, our roads are ...
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What's the main road block for universal health care in the US

I just got back from the dentist and was robbed blind (as usual) I do have insurance but even than I paid $1100 for a root canal, $100 for x-rays, and $400 for re-implanting a tooth that fell out. I'm ...
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Is voting for a third party really a 'wasted vote'?

There are lots of undecided voters in what perhaps is the strangest election I've ever witnessed. People from both sides are saying voting for a third party is a wasted vote. If all of the undecided ...
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What, if anything, would prevent the US Republican party from splitting?

Perhaps a related question to Why does the US only have two major political parties? ... If the Republican party is composed of Trump supporters and those who would wish to distance themselves from ...
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Can you give me a pro-Kremlin news source?

As a daily academic exercise, I read news articles on the same topic from multiple news agencies with a different political orientation. I'd like to add a pro-Kremlin news agency; with a preference ...
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What special powers does cabinet have in Australia?

A serving member getting a position in cabinet is often talked about in the media. What does it actually mean?
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What is required to form government in a Hung Parliament?

The Australian 2016 federal election could be a hung parliament http://vtr.aec.gov.au/HouseDefault-20499.htm. If it is a hung parliament what steps are required to form government for one of the ...
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How do Australian Upper House / Senate elections work?

The upper house sheet has a lot more candidates than the lower house and they tend to have more variety in terms of which parties get elected. Also of the many people on the ballot paper how many of ...
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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 it possible for an established democratic country to directly switch to a monarchy?

Say, a country has well-established democratic doctrines and principles. Is it practically possible for that country to directly switch to a monarchy? By practical, I mean the country must last ...
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Do people who self-identify with the term 'social justice' tend towards respect for the individual or for the collective?

Note: this question has been edited as a result of feedback in the comments. The original title was "Do people who self-identify highly with 'social justice' tend to be left or right wing?" and some ...
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Do the sciences (especially the so called 'exact' ones) go hand in hand with the state? [closed]

A long time ago the church and the state were inseparable. In our time, is the same true for the sciences and the state? Does the state encourage scientific (and thus technological) developments and ...
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What are politicians working towards? [closed]

This may be a ridiculously stupid question, but I am curious as to whether there is a consensus on what a politician is supposed to do or is working towards. By this, I'm not looking for a partisan ...
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The age old problem of small harms, what is the solution? [closed]

The age of problem of "small harms" is when one person gets a big benefit from doing something that cause a tiny harm to many people. So, one person may be making millions, but thousands of people may ...
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What is a double dissolution election (Australia)

Double dissolution elections are talked about in the media. What are they and how do they differ from normal elections?
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Why governments choose mega projects in developing countries? [closed]

kindly forgive me if this doesn't belong here. I just thought probably it's suited here. Why do politicians choose mega projects in developing countries instead of spending more on health and ...