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The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. Power here mostly refers to political or economic power, such as that of a president, a parliament, a corporation or a country.

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How to identify the keys to power in a government? [closed]

I am interested in predicting the political dynamics of a country. I really like CGP Grey's explanation of the rules for rulers, and I wanted to use that as my framework for prediction. The basic idea ...
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The behavior of China as a future superpower [closed]

Considering the rising British Empire during the early 18th century and the current superpower, the USA, during the mid-19th century, and the USSR during the early 20th century, is China behaving any ...
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Correlation between political power and completion of a politician's "grand headquarters"?

Introduction: In "Parkinson's Law, and Other Studies in Administration", in the "Plans and Plants, or The Administration Block" chapter, Cyril Northcote Parkinson elaborates that ...
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How do you explain Canada's Trudeau's power-sharing agreement to a five-year-old (American)?

The "explain to a five-year-old" question is a semi-standard format where the answer demonstrates their ability to understand both the subject matter, and the perspective and limitations of ...
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Does Putin need the support of the Russian oligarchs in order to stay in power?

Does Vladimir Putin need the support of the Russian oligarchs in order to stay in power or not? What power does the Russian oligarchs have over Putin? I heard a lot of the oligarchs have ties to Putin ...
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How much power does Putin have in Russia?

Does Putin have absolute power to do whatever he wants (e.g., start a nuclear war)? How powerful is he in the Russian government or does he need approval of some other body of government to do things ...
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Which countries have the same international importance, influence and power as Sweden? [closed]

Sweden is not a superpower at all and it's not a country with a high level of influence (such as Russia or China). However, it has a relatively large GDP for its population and it's known that Sweden ...
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What benefits does the average citizen gain from the US being "number one?" [closed]

It's often said by politicians on the left and right that America needs to be on top of the world order, and that the rise of China is an existential threat to the American position atop the world ...
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Is boycotting or hurting businesses an instance of hard power?

As an example of what I'm talking about, here's what's happening in Myanmar: Since some professors in our medical universities did not join the civil disobedience movement, surgeons, dentists and ...
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What is the distinction between constitutional power and statutory power?

I know it sounds easy on the surface. Constitutional powers are conferred through constitutional text, whereas statutory powers are conferred through legislation. But consider the following scenario (...
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What's the difference between a 51 seat majority and a 50 seat + VP "majority"?

The US Senate currently has a 50/50 split of Democratic (D) and Republican (R) caucus members. According to news reports, this has lead to "power sharing agreements" needing to be made ...
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What powers does the speaker of the House of Representatives have?

What official and unofficial powers does the speaker have personally and what powers do they have that require other members’ approval?
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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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Who are China's allies?

The US has NATO/EU and other South/East/South-East Asian countries as its direct allies either by ideology or by pacts. Also, most US allies are either high-income countries or technologically/...
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To what extent are nuclear weapons a precondition for global power or influence?

Clearly the possession of a nuclear arsenal - or at least the ability to build one - ensures that a country will be taken seriously on the global stage and will wield a certain amount of influence ...
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Broader context for Barry Goldwater's comment on US presidents' abuse of power in this 1966 Firing Line discussion?

I ran cross the video June 2016 Firing Line Compilation for Hoover's Summer Series and starting at 02:42 there is an exchange between the host William F. Buckley Jr. and the guest Barry Goldwater in ...
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Name of concept when an oppressed group itself becomes an oppressor

What would you call the effect when an oppressed group is finally acknowledged and given power, but then the group starts using this newly acquired power to oppress others or gets corrupted?
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Is there any way for the UK Prime Minister to make a motion directly dependent on Government confidence?

The British Parliament has rejected the Brexit bill, but it has also defeated the motion of no-confidence. Is there a mechanism in place for the PM to merge these two votes so that if you don't vote ...
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What are the alternatives of bluffing as a political tactic?

Let's have two powers in conflict - those could be two persons, two states, two armies, two gangs, whatever. Let's say they are about to meet in a "battle" - that could be a conflict on the workplace, ...
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Power of the House of Representatives (2019) [closed]

The Republican Party had control of the Presidency, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, but were held hostage by the Democrats. Now the Democrats have the House and everyone acts like they ...
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By what measures can the political power of an organization be estimated?

I asked this question earlier: Which is more dangerous to US democracy: Far-left or far-right ideologies? and after thinking about the comments received, I realized that I should start with some ...
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Why do some citizens support authoritarian regimes? [closed]

Why is it that across the world, some people consider authoritarian regimes to be beneficial. Why is this, and why is there a rise on support for authoritarian regimes. Source; http://www....
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What is the difference between an executive agreement and an executive order? [closed]

Is there a difference between Executive agreements and executive orders?
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Does the Monarch of the United Kingdom have any Hard power Left to exercise? [duplicate]

Has all of the United Kingdom Monarch's hard power been stripped away, or do they still play an active role in administration and Governance? If not , is their any legal document that permanently ...
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domestic vs abroad power usa [closed]

A lot of american right wing voters want the USA to be a strong international player and project power across the globe to protect american interests. But at the same time most of them also want a ...
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Why is the 'Polarity of Power' thesis less relevant and meaningful in the present architecture of 'Balance of Power' [closed]

There used to be a time when concept of World power had a nature to be concentrated in one country or a group of countries, but in current setup collective security is being more prominent in contrast ...
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Who had more power in the Weimar Government? The President or the Chancellor?

This is referring to the Weimar government before Hitler rose to power- how much power did the original constitution give to each?
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Power Serves To Create Power [closed]

What does the quote, "Power serves to create power. Powerlessness serves to reinforce powerlessness" mean? Does it mean that those with power remain powerful, and those without power aren't able to ...
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How can we define which EU countries are giving more power to regions? Which patterns are used to evaluate it?

It is common in Spain to say that the Autonomous communities have the highest level of autonomy among the European Union: they have a lot of power in the areas of taxes, laws, etc. I also heard about ...
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What governmental power does the Monarch hold in Great Britain in practice?

We have been led to believe that much of the power that was once held by the monarchy has been transferred to the Parliament and that the King is mostly a figurehead. However, the government is still ...
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What methodologies of measuring the power of the state are researched today?

What methodologies are used today to measure the power of the state in an objective way? Most of the classifications are based on either intuition (publicist one) or take into account only one or few ...
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