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What do we know about the effects of lay participation in courts? (empirically)

https://sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0176268009000123 tests various theories to find if lay participation has any effects on the economy (like judicial independence, corruption in judiciary, ...
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The paradox of majority power vs. contracts

For this question, let us assume that the only principle we care about in public decision making is majority power: the majority of citizens should be able to do whatever they want. There seems to be ...
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Trying to find a quote about how voting for the good parts of a bill also means voting for the bad parts of a bill

During one of the presidential debates (probably during the primaries) I remember there being an exchange between a long time congressman (maybe Ron Paul or Bernie Sanders) and another candidate about ...
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What are the official sources of press releases and other announcements of the Federal and State governments of the US?

For example, in Ontario the government maintains an online newsroom, for distribution of all official press releases and announcements from the various branches of the provincial government. Although ...
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List of communist subdivisions in existing countries

Half a year ago I found a list of existing communist subdivisions in different countries, but now I cannot find it anymore. That list consisted of 7-10 entries, and definitely listed Kerala state in ...
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Where can I find the full text of the interview of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with Oriana Fallaci?

Several years ago I read an interview in a newspaper of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with Oriana Fallaci. Where can I find the full text of this interview? I thought it was included in the book called ...
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What are some non-partisan sources about the relative balance of power in the Russia-Ukraine conflict?

Before the war everyone was saying Russia would just walk right in; now everybody makes a big kerfuffle about every Ukrainian tactical victory. What are good analyses on what the strategic situation ...
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Has any recent academic research been done on the comparative performance of FOIA response speeds by different European governments?

Recently, I took part in a large, international investigative journalistic project on dumps of oily waste water by ships. In that context, I did a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to the ...
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Have retired top US military officials become substantially more outspoken and cited on political issues in the last decade?

Reading Politico's April 04, 2022 How two dozen retired generals are trying to stop an overhaul of the Marines and re-reading my own comment: Retired yet notable military figures have recently ...
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Condorcet loser criterion implying majority loser criterion [closed]

I know that it is perfectly clear that Condorcet loser criterion implies majority criterion. However, I am looking for a citable source that states this. Can anyone suggest something? Thanks!
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Reference for public's awareness about Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)?

I am looking for some papers (or journals) about the public's awareness about CBDC in global context or within-country context. The main questions I am concerning is which topics or regulations that ...
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What academic journals in political science have the highest impact factor? [closed]

I am in school for engineering and work as a programmer but I'm almost always reading about politics/philosophy/economics/sociology outside school. However the sources I get my information from the ...
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Does reservation based affirmative action really help in reducing inequality?

In India for example, caste and economic based affirmative action is used in political seats, education etc. My question is, have these methods of affirmative action in general (independent of India) ...
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Proportion of Rhode Island's Part-Time Legislature That are Lawyers

I would like to know (approximately): The percentage of the current Rhode Island General Assembly that are lawyers. Historically, the percentage that were lawyers in prior RI assemblies. Note: I ...
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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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Has political reporting in the US shifted towards using more graphical violent imagery in headlines in the past decade? Has this been quantified?

Politico: White House lights up Manchin after he crushes Biden's megabill CNN: Meadows slams McCarthy and suggests Trump should be elected speaker if Republicans win House FOX News: Sanders slams ...
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Have any capitalist libertarians asked if the free market destroys itself (due to the efficiency of organised crime)?

I am aware of, though not read in, the most influential capitalist libertarian thinkers (Hayek, Friedman, Nozick, Rand, etc). As far as I understand it, their general point is that an unrestricted ...
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Seeking UK policy evidence that views of voters (in percentage terms) should be extrapolated to represent, by assumption, the views of non-voters [closed]

I’ve been trying, and failing, to find any formal documentation — preferably official policies or similar from gov.uk — that state or set forth the principle that in something like a referendum or a ...
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Confused about the terms 'state' and 'government'

Google says: Government: "the governing body of a nation, state, or community." State: "a nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government." ...
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Are modern state governments just a group that administers the businesses of the bourgeoisie? [closed]

I recently read the Communist Manifiesto and in the very fist chapter the authors claim that The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole ...
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Is there an overview of battles between the Afghan Army and Taliban forces during the Resolute Support Mission (2015-2021)?

According to the Wikipedia page on the Resolute Support Mission (RSM): Resolute Support Mission or Operation Resolute Support was a NATO-led train, advise and assist mission consisting of about 7,772 ...
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Merging and splitting in apportionment

This question is about rules for apportionment of parliament seats among parties. Many such rules have the property, that a party may gain a seat by splitting into two parties, or two parties may gain ...
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Where can I find data on when each country first implemented social restrictions for COVID-19?

Regarding COVID-19 response, we have the stringency index. But I wonder, is there any source that documented the first law implementation date or month regarding societal restrictions (social ...
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Is free speech declining in the Western countries? [closed]

Background Some time ago I have watched a discussion between two professors who argued that free speech is on the decline in Western countries (examples were mostly provided for US and UK), but no ...
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Is there an election system in which the outcome is fractional?

Most election systems are "discrete" in the sense that each candidate is either elected or not elected. One could think of an election system that is "fractional", for example: if ...
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Where can I find the original text of Hungary's controversial new child protection bill?

I have read that there has been a new bill proposed in Hungary which, according to the Hungarian Prime Minister, seeks to protect children, but which has also been criticised for being anti-LGBT. Does ...
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Are there sources that try to demonstrate that democracy is just an oligarchy?

My concern is certainly both philosophical and political ...I'm looking for interesting writings ( book, article, essay, etc .. ) about a theory on similarities between known forms of democracy and ...
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Where can I find a copy of Iran's proposal pertaining to Palestine to U.N. Security Council on November 1, 2019?

From the official Khamenei.ir's "Which final solution?" It appears that the uproar and the responses of the American and Zionist authorities and their mercenaries are for the most part ...
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How can I compare levels of police violence in different states of the world?

Some states in the world are perceived as having very violent policing; while others are considered repressive generally, but not necessarily via the police being violent . I was wondering if there is ...
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Studies on the application of "Red Flag Laws" in the US

I'm looking for objective studies describing how red flag gun laws involving Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) are being used in those U.S. states that have implemented them. I'd like to see ...
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Is Duverger's Law a theorem or an empirical regularity?

I wanted to know if Duverger's law ("[T]he simple-majority single-ballot system favours the two-party system") was/can be derived from a mathematical model of elections, like the Median ...
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Has the American left abandoned the anti-war movement?

I know this is highly subjective, but it seems to me that since roughly the 2008 presidential election, the American left has been placing less and less emphasis on issues relating to war and peace. ...
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Where can you find how much each country pays to the UN?

Where is a trustworthy site that shows how much each country (not just the major countries) has payed to the UN every year for the past 5-10 years. I have looked on the internet and the UN website but ...
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Seeking a study claiming that a successful coup d’etat only requires a small percentage of the population

I remember coming across a study, possibly featured in a John Oliver segment, that found that a successful coup needs only a surprisingly small percentage of the population; I think it was like 1-3% ...
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Reference Request: A book that explains the origin of the American political left & right

In 2011 spring, in college, someone recommended a book to me. The book was assigned as a political science reading in an undergraduate introductory level political course they were taking at Johns ...
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Have there been any polls about reconsidering the secret ballot methodology?

Question: Have there ever been any surveys asking people if they think the secret ballot methodology currently used today is still a good idea in modern times? Why I thought of this question for ...
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Are there groups or parties considered far-right but not populist?

Some authors reject that populism is even a terribly meaningful concept, but leaving aside that general rejection, for those who admit that populism is "a thing" and likewise admit that the ...
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Writings or public statements advising elected politicians on how to make hard choices

While not always seen in this light, members of congressional or parliamentary bodies are regularly faced with moral choices when deciding how to vote in situations where the answers to questions like ...
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In the Mueller report, what are the SM-[number]-[word] documents in the footnotes?

Some parts of the Mueller report regarding the investigation into alleged Russian interference with the 2016 US presidential elections, some of the footnotes refer to documents with coded names/titles....
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Where did this figure showing shifts in support between 2016 and 2020 come from?

This article has an image showing shifts in support between 2016 and 2020. Where does this figure come from? While it says Pew Research Center, I can't find this figure on their site.
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Does stronger geographic representation lead to stronger regional identities?

Are there any studies which would conclude whether stronger geographic representation in voting systems is a significant contributor to strong regional identities in a country?
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Are there any good longitudinal studies of contested elections at the national level?

No electoral result happens in a vacuum -- and worldwide analogs to current events can provide interesting insights on what may happen with upcoming global national elections in an era when the ...
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Where to find a summary of US FONOPS in the year 2020?

Where to find a summary with dates of FONOPS (especially in the South China Sea) conducted by the United States in 2020 and ideally in recent years? Some information on previous years is contained in ...
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Amongst U.S. police forces, are combat veterans more likely to abuse force than those who lack combat experience? [closed]

In the United States, amongst police forces, are combat veterans more likely to abuse force than those who lack combat experience? In my opinion, the main difficulties are in the definitions of ...
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Listing of lawsuits against Fox News and CNN? [closed]

Is there a source that lists lawsuits against Fox News and CNN (and perhaps other news media)? It would be useful if the results could be limited by date range, and could exclude internal matters ...
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How do I find the full text of a bill from an early 1900s US Congress

Summary I'm researching a US House Representative by reading the bills he voted on, which are from the early 1900s. Where can I find the full text of those bills? Details The Representative I'm ...
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Searching for Eisenhower's (?) principle for evaluating legislation

A few months ago, I came across a principle for evaluating legislation, and I vaguely recall it having been attributed to U.S. President Eisenhower. I did not write down the reference and I have been ...
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Is there a swing map of 2017 Senate and 2016 President in Alabama?

I want to see a picture of a county-level swing map of the 2017 Senate election for Alabama relative to the 2016 presidential election. This is to see how many points the election swung in Democrat ...
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How can I find case studies of harsh reactions of conservative forces in response to sweeping reforms?

I am working on New Institutional economists' theories (in particular those of North, Khan and Weingast) and I am looking for case studies of reformers miscalculating their powers and being the ...
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Are there Covid-19 death maps locally adjusted for population density?

As a first motivating example, according to an Oxford CEBM map [even] Sweden has more deaths per capita from Covid-19 (217 deaths/mil.pop.) than the US as a whole (166 deaths/mil.p.) On top of that, ...
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