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What percent of current Americans have ancestors that had slaves in the US in the past? [closed]

I am researching the current political debate about reparations. What percentage of living Americans have ancestors that had slaves in the US in the past? Is there any data on this or is there ...
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Legal restrictions on minority languages in media and the web

The draft law on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the national language adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on April 25 obliges all print media to have the Ukrainian version. ...
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Is there a comprehensive report on Russian jamming of GPS?

There are various news stories on Russia's jamming GPS fairly precisely, while leaving GLONASS unaffected; e.g. Since March 23, the U.S. Maritime Administration has issued three alerts for reports ...
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Do snap/early elections usually benefit those triggering them?

I'm looking for an empirical survey (that hopefully covers more than one country) addressing the issue whether snap/early elections typically benefit those calling them, either the sole party in power ...
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What is the relationship between government expenditure and the quality of life?

Can we say, in general, what is the relationship between relative government expenditure (or the total taxation) and the average quality of life?
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What is the opposite of populism?

The Guardian (a UK newspaper) is running a series on populism. Among other things, it has a quiz, which places you in a 2-dimensional political map, with axes being how populist and left/right-wing. ...
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Suggesting a book to understand politics theory and the organization of states [closed]

I am a politics and history hobbyist but my engineering life didn't give me enough time to dive more into politics and think about more advanced concepts and improve my formal political knowledge. So, ...
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Does being an informed voter always lead to good outcome? [closed]

As what the title have stated, is it always sufficient for citizens to be an informed voter to make correct voting decision for the country? Is there any real life cases whereby well-informed citizen ...
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US State Department and Department of Defense

In the TV series Madam Secretary, there seems to be this folklore about the state department and the department of defense conflicting somehow. How do the departments conflict, and where can I find a ...
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Did Plato believe in institution of marriage? [closed]

From this link, I've found this all these women shall be wives in common to all the men, and not one of them shall live privately with any man; the children too should be held in common so that ...
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Is voter turnout connected to dissatisfaction?

Is there a study revealing a connection between voter turnout and the level of dissatisfaction with the political situation?
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What is the latest scholarship (2018) on the relationship between legitimacy and repression?

I have heard it often asserted that as internal (i.e. domestic) legitimacy of a government rises, the need for repression falls, but I find no study that even tests this hypothesis, let alone confirms ...
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Statistics on how many politicians in each country are related?

In the last American election, I read an article where a Chinese citizen asked: if America is a republic, why are so many presidents and presidential candidates related? This got me thinking. ...
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Does UK State funding for opposition parties move if MPs/Lords switch parties?

In the UK, opposition parties receive Short money (Commons) and Cranbourne money (Lords), rising with the number of members and number of votes, from the State, to carry on the business of opposition. ...
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Are there US documents other than the Constitution which detail Individual Rights?

The constitution contains the "Bill of Rights." The first 8 amendments detail rights of an individual. If other rights exist beyond those enumerated in the constitution, where are they documented, and ...
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Past population imposing election results to future population - Brexit

If Brexit ever happens, it will not be until at least March of 2019, which is 2.5 years after the vote. Since the old were more likely to vote Leave than the young (e.g. here), the passage of time ...
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Meaning of the new tech to future politics - AI, blockchain and Co. - reference to expert estimations? [closed]

My impression is that most politicians are not able to qualify what is actually happening through the new tech - neither myself and probably nobody. But then, what will happen through this tech ...
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How can I figure out how much money a political lobbying group has given to my congressman?

I have seen some messages lately from my district representative that are essentially talking points of a political lobbying group. I would like to find out if and how much money he has received from ...
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Behavioural consequences of real-time electronic voting results publicly available

Is there any study (probably theoretical) analysing the consequence on voting behaviour of making publicly available in real time the ongoing results of an election? (naturally, enabled only because ...
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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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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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Why are “the rich” more able to identify the party which represent their interests than “the poor”?

Consider the following premises, for which I think there is fair degree of consensus (at least according to my knowledge of political history of Latin America, but perhaps more broadly): the majority ...
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Where can I find the Senate amendments to Bill C-6?

Where can I find the text of the Senate amendments to Bill C-6? I would like the version of the bill that was sent back to the House of Commons after being passed on May 3. I've only been able to ...
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Sortable table or spreadsheet with full, detailed 2017 UK General Election results for every constituency

I'm looking for a full sortable list of the results, for every constituency, ideally with as much information as possible: Turnout, # eligible voters, votes for each candidate (both # and %), winning ...
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Mexican illegal immigration and rape [closed]

I remember Donald Trump stating that 80% of illegal immigrants coming from Mexico and crossing illegally into the U.S. were raped/sexually abused. I have been trying to find some credible scholarly ...
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Do more roads lead to fewer traffic jams?

In Dutch politics, the right-ish parties are in favour of more roads, whereas the left-ish parties are against more roads. Although I'm more left-oriented, I disagree with their reasoning. They want ...
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Statistics on vote by mail in the US presidential elections

I am looking for statistics regarding vote by mail. I am primarily interested in the recent US presidential election of 2016, and I know not all results are in yet, but I am also looking for the same ...
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Popular vote for the 2016 House election

Where can I find the results (or at least preliminary results, if not all are counted yet) concerning the popular vote (as opposed to the number of representatives elected) for the national house of ...
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Book recommendations: What social/political structures are humans inclined to form? [closed]

This may fall under the scope of Anthropology, but here goes: I'm looking for a book which explores the question: What social/ political structures are humans naturally inclined to form? What social/...
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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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What are some books/articles I can read to better educate myself on Middle Eastern politics?

You often hear conflicting stories about what's really going on in the ME, who's supporting who, and so forth. I'd really like to educate myself on the region more and would appreciate an unbiased ...