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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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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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Is it a good idea to publish political opinions early in one's life if one plans to make a career in politics?

I 18 years old and I am from India. I am writing a book on Political Principles and Ethics based on my experience (which is wide because I grew-up in a poor family and my father made us rich). I have ...
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Can compulsory voting increase the quality of a non-dictatorial republic democracy?

This is somehow a followup of this answer about vote meaningfulness. According to this article, "Overall, people living in countries with more liberal policies reported higher life satisfaction than ...
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Is Citizenship Limited to Members of States?

Political science (and political theory) typically focus on states. 'Citizenship' is typically defined to mean membership in the state. For me, that means being a citizen of the United States. Are ...
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What do the terms 'Human Emancipation' and 'Political Emancipation' mean?

What do the terms 'Human Emancipation' and 'Political Emancipation' mean? And which one of these are promoted by capitalism?
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Would it be justified for a libertarian state to ban certain religious schools?

From a libertarian perspective, public education system is not desirable in a free society, roughly because public education is a monopoly (in this case, of the State), which is based on 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?". There are ...
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Can illiberal democracy be considered a mature democracy?

According to this article illiberal democracies are becoming fashionable these days: PRINCETON - Nearly two decades ago, the political commentator Fareed Zakaria wrote a prophetic article called “...
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Why do we collect taxes on income from labor?

This question tries to illuminate why it is probably good if within a country/an economy there are more jobs rather than fewer jobs. I would agree, it seems to me that employment is likely to lower ...
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Is there something inherently better in a 3-branch government system?

I will make mine this question: Is there something innate about the 3-branch-government design, or is its prevalence (even degraded) only a historical function? While thinking about it, I have to ...
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Why is populism seen as being negative or bad?

The definition that I found for populism is "support for the concerns of ordinary people". Democracy is form of government where the people rule by majority. If Democracy is considered to be "good", ...
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What are the advantages of the French two-round voting system against a one round alternative?

In regards to the French Presidential election of 2017, what are the advantages of the French two-round voting system against a one round alternative? If two-round is better than one round, what ...
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Number of winning coalitions of state in the electoral college

Define a coalition as a subset of the set of the 51 states (counting DC as a state) that make the USA. Define a coalition as winning if the total number of electoral votes of the state in that ...
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Can the Overton window split?

The "Overton window" is the name for the idea that there is an acceptable range of ideas in public discourse. Since the mid-eighteenth century, there has been a trend for the "Overton window" to move ...
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Difference between nationalism and patriotism

Nowadays, nationalism has a strong negative connotation attached to it. This stigma doesn't apply to patriotism. What's the difference between them? If there is a difference to what extent could ...
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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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Does a one-party system of government preclude it from being a Republic?

As I understand it, to be a Republic: decision makers are elected and the rule of law via is codified via a constitution. If there is but a single party, and officials are elected by the people, is ...
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Can communism be effective in a post scarcity economy?

Recently following the discussion by politicians in US elections of "getting jobs back", it seemed clear to me that this phase of losing jobs can't be stopped or even slowed: it's the natural and ...
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You can always hire 1/2 of the poor to kill the other 1/2 [closed]

Sure this was the line from the movie Gangs of New York. But it seems like it's a very effective tactic for getting things working the way you might want them to work. Keep the poor uneducated and ...
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Literature on Private Countries

Amidst Anarchocapitalist authors such as Murray Rothbard, are there any who discuss the possibility of privately-owned countries? Private countries would be shares of land owned by investors which ...
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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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In a democracy, who takes care of the interests of the losing side?

There are two sides or more to an election - the winning side will get what it wants (hopefully) the losing side will not. What are some of the ways both sides can benefit or do they have to wait 4 ...
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How do these differ: Politics vs Political Science vs Political Philosophy vs Political Theory?

I've Googled several sources that compare two of these, but none that contrast all four: This Reddit thread contrasts Political Philosophy with Political Theory. This Quora thread contrasts Political ...
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Are there any pan-social laws? [closed]

If you think about the massive difference of political opinion on your country and then in the world, you notice that there are very few things everyone agrees on. From my UK perspective I can only ...
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Why has Article 50 of Brexit not been enabled yet?

The process of getting the UK out of the EU, would start immediately, but the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced that she would invoke Article 50 by the end of March 2017, meaning that the ...
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Why did Aristotle refuse democracy?

I've read a book about antique political systems and I read that Aristotle refused democracy because he didn't support the idea of the rule of the poor. Here's my two explanations of this statement: ...
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Why are the poor in the US not submitting propositions about taxing the bank accounts of the wealthy?

Just a little explanation: I was raised in the former Soviet system, then I lived through the systemic change, and now I live in the US. I understand that the US is a semi-democratic country. I ...
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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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Should an elected official feel obligated to vote on an issue based on the majority opinion of his constituents?

I am framing this in an idealized situation with the following assumptions: The official never lies. (I did say this is an idealized situation) The official honestly and openly presented his position ...
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Is there any evidence that different length terms-of-office would be more effective for a President w.r.t. global policy?

The establishment of a 4 year term has been long established as the de facto precedent for term limits for a state/global influencer. It's cultural, and (perhaps a globally) integrated mindset. That ...
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Is there a scientific political ideology?

It could be argued, that the idea of "freedom" dictates much of US politics, that the idea of "nation" dictates much of Russian politics, that the idea "responsibility" directs German politics, and so ...
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What has divided the country so severely since Bill Clinton's election?

I recently saw this article by the New York Times' Upshot showing that last 50 years of electoral college results from the presidential elections. Something that stand out is how drastically voting ...
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A Parliament with many Houses with restricted competence

Please forgive the naivety of my question (and adjust the tags if necessary, I'm a newbie). Often, election campaigns are dominated by one or two themes. Populist parties profit from this. One ...
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History of the notion of “cryptarchy” (“secret government”)

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "cryptarchy" as: rare. Secret government; an example of this. What is the history of this notion? Did any famous political philosophers write about ...
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The rights of the majority over the minority in a libertarian society

In a libertarian view, how are the rights of the majority over the rights of the minority handled? Do they have a right to overrule? For example, if there are 10 homeowners in a subdivision and 9 of ...
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How accurate is this political orientation chart? [closed]

How accurate is this chart from The Definitive Political Orientation Test? I assume that liberalism is the original meaning of the word as in liberal democracy.
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What did Marx and Engels mean by “Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.”?

In the communist manifesto what did Marx and Engels mean by "Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes"?
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What are John Rawls core arguments in favor of liberalism?

John Rawls is probably one of the most important recent liberal political theorists, but it seems that few people understand what his arguments in favor of liberalism were. How would you describe ...
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Create a System of government that uses the Stack Exchange system to make decisions

Stack exchange seems to brilliantly and concisely match an answer to a question and more key has a great way of ranking the 'correct' or most efficient answer based on merit or efficacy. Can we ...
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Is it a general principle that federal contractors have to follow the same rules as the U.S. Government?

House Republicans just passed the Maloney amendment, which supports President Obama's Executive Order 13672. For those who don't know, that executive order states that the federal government is not ...
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Has any government commisioned a study of whether its people are better or worse off financially with government? [closed]

Seems to me that human society is currently based mostly on a circular argument of government being valid because government says so. Has any government ever conducted a study to see whether its ...
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Wikipedia, Context and Freedom of Speech [closed]

Is the infinite banning of a person or persons from Wikipedia tantamount to destruction of free speech? It's a difficult argument for people to make as many would say 'well, you have the right to say ...
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Can the Panama Papers put a president into jail?

As everybody knows, Panama Papers were released on April 3rd and the president of Argentina was in the list. Macri then said that it was totally legal but some say that it is not ethically correct. ...
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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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Is it permissible to kill a neighbor who financially supports a warlord out of self-defense?

In a peaceful, balanced, anarcho-capitalist society, is it a violation of the non-aggression principal or permissible to kill a neighbor in self-defense because they are financially supporting a ...
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In what sense did Jefferson consider the right to life “unalienable” in light of his support for capital punishment?

Thomas Jefferson famously wrote in the 1776 Declaration of Independence that, "All men ... are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the ...
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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 ...
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Tax on Wall Street

What does Bernie Sanders mean when he says he will impose a tax on Wall Street speculation? What kinds of investments is he talking about? Who defines what is "risky/gambling"?
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What are the differences (in principles and in practice) between direct democracy and anarchy

Following Wikipedia, [d]irect democracy (also known as pure democracy)[1] is a form of democracy in which people decide (e.g. vote on, form consensus on) policy initiatives directly. (...) [D]...
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What is the relationship between Iranian president and supreme leader?

In Iran, the supreme leader is the highest figure. I want to know, what is the relationship between him and the president. Does the president need the nod of supreme leader every time he makes a ...