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Political theory is the study of the concepts in politics. Use this tag for questions regarding political philosophy or scientific theories.

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Who wrote that the role of a government is to protect from foreign threats, promote trade, and provide for those that cannot provide for themselves?

Who wrote that the role of a government is to protect from foreign threats, promote trade, and provide for those that cannot provide for themselves (physically or cognitively impaired)? The ...
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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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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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Definition of diversity if Old World countries deemed not diverse enough

One of the recent answers I have seen the claim that the Western countries... see benefit in diversity. What caught my eye is that it's really hard to argue that 1960s France (or Germany, or Spain) ...
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Can political science gauge quantitatively the strength of US global leadership?

From my perspective, the headline coverage of the direction of the US on the global stage is mostly pessimistic. But I want to see if that is actually justified. I concede it's not an easy undertaking,...
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Canadian conservatives on climate change: other examples of a mainstream political party deliberately moving itself out of the Overton Window?

(The Overton window can be thought of as "what's politically sellable to the public") Canadian Conservative leader O'Toole has been jettisoned by his peers, 73 out 119. Canada's ...
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Do freedom-of-information laws increase corruption?

That's the general conclusion of a 2007 study: It has been argued that greater transparency is needed to reduce corruption. One way of increasing transparency is through the adoption of Freedom ...
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Are there some studies which measure the level of politicization of courts in a trans-Atlantic perspective?

It's easy enough to find a Europe-only comparative perspective on the politicization of the judiciary, e.g. Werkmann (2017): The authors measured the level of politicization in each country with the ...
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What does social/public-choice theory have to say about plural v. unitary executive?

There are many state-level offices in the US that are elected by the people other than the legislature and the Governor, in the executive (Treasurer, Controller, Attorney General, Secretary, oil & ...
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How do the liberal side of international relations theorists model people’s well-being?

I’m only referring to the liberal side of international relations theory, not the realist side. In their formal theories (to the extent that they write mathematically formal theories), how do they ...
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Is the extended security framework a useful model for modern security phenomena?

First, I am referring to working paper from Christopher Daase (2010). Daase, Christopher (2010): Der erweiterte Sicherheitsbegriff. Working Paper 1. Sicherheitskultur im Wandel His paper ...
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Looking for case studies and theory on citizen diplomacy

Citizen diplomacy is when average citizens of two countries work together. It is useful when two countries have especially poor relations (e.g. may not recognize each other's existence). It is ...
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During the decades leading up to the Great War, in which governments was realism highly concentrated?

Searching the 1905-1915 period, and I have been so far unable to find much information concerning how realism affected the decision-making processes of countries at the time. Which countries at this ...
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Are there any good articles on the topic of how political influence differs from individual to individual?

I'm an industry professional writing a journal article about a certain kind of misinformation that is circulating on the internet. My current reasoning is that public opinion shapes policy decisions ...
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