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Is there a specific term for the genocide of children?

Let us suppose, hypothetically, a state engaged in the crime of genocide deliberately and disproportionately targets children for slaughter. Does this act have a particular designation in ...
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Alternative names for "new liberalism" and "neoliberalism" to avoid confusion

In oral discussion, the ideological designations "new liberal" and "neoliberal" are easily confused. Do one or both of these two ideologies have alternative names that are more ...
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Is there a term for direct issue voting?

Is there a term for a form of democracy that allows with online technologies (such as blockchain) to vote on micro-issues directly, for instance on placing of a bus stop in a city, etc? I am ...
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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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How do anti-zionists define zionism and zionists?

Social media is full of people decrying the evils of zionism and zionists. But I had always understood zionism to mean the Jewish wish for a homeland. This clearly isn't what the anti-zionists mean by ...
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What does the term "Woke" mean? [duplicate]

I am sorry, I am not from the US, but recently I started to encounter this term on the internet quite often, so I would like to learn what this means. I also would like to know, if there are any ...
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Are there any wars other than the 2023 Israel-Hamas War that are named after a country and a political party?

Background The 2023 Israel–Hamas war is referred to in the Western media as "the Israel-Hamas war". All Western commentators I've seen, including military experts, journalists, and political ...
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Does the definition of Antisemitism used by the FBI differ in any way from the one used by the State Department?

The FBI apparently has to report how many hate crimes were based on Antisemitism. On the other hand, the State Department has also adopted a definition of Antisemitism. Is there any difference between ...
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What does Gaza territory "under Israeli control" or "under Palestinian control" imply in a guerilla warfare?

This is a map from Wikipedia depicting the status of Gaza during the ongoing war in the Gaza strip: I can see that there are areas claimed to be under Israeli control or Palestinian control. However, ...
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Is there a consensus around the word "terrorism"? [closed]

Following the operation of Hamas in Israel, and Israel's response, there have been in France a lot of discussions about a large party not wanting to use the word "terrorism" to describe ...
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Why is are the terms government party and opposition party rarely used to describe the parties in the USA?

Much as Brazil, Ghana, Canada, Britain, most countries really, use these terms in these senses of that the party supplying the head of government is the governing or ruling party and the others are ...
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Who coined the term "the Lululemon Belt"?

An article at Politico by Jonathan Martin refers to constituency or faction (apparently) made up of white female moderate suburban Republicans in "the Lululemon belt — from Buckhead to Bala ...
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Who are all of the "Democrats in Menendez’s chamber" and for that matter, what exactly is a "chamber" in this context?

CNN's September 23, 2023 Rep. Andy Kim announces he’ll run against NJ Sen. Bob Menendez in wake of his indictment includes the following passage: Many New Jersey Democrats swiftly called for the ...
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What would be the terminology for a state that has democracy but is also totalitarian?

Suppose, a country has democracy, i.e., people can properly vote and elect their leader. However, because of some reason, like populism or inherent hate toward a minority group, the country ...
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Is there any political terminology for the leaders who behave like the agents of a bigger power?

I am not talking about viceroys such as in Canada and New Zealand. I am also not talking about Paul Bremer. I am talking about people like Viktor Yanukovich or Sheikh Hasina who stay in power with ...
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What exactly does one do and not do as an independent US senator who "caucuses with the Democrats"?

Politico's June 15, 2023 ‘Blood on your hands’: Duckworth blasts Sinema for pilot training proposal contains the following sentence: Sinema, who caucuses with the Democrats, did not immediately have ...
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Political origin/etymology of the political term "constitutional carry" - by extension can we have "constitutional marijuana"? (rhetorical)

How did I get to this question? Reading Politico's May 19, 2023 DeSantis’ weakness as Trump slayer has GOP rivals smelling blood I saw the quote: And that might not be the end of it. New Hampshire ...
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Does using the word "state" imply questioning the status of the region as a country?

Inspired by the question asking for the difference between these two words. I used to write "the Baltic States", simply using the words I have previously seen somewhere and was usually ...
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Academic/technical term to describe China's "The Party" [closed]

I've read a few poli-sci books that had large sections about China, and slowly it began to strike me as very odd how unwieldy it is to describe the institutional setup in China using formal terms. It ...
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What does the Honorable Chairman mean?

I simply want to know what does the Honorable Chairman Nominated mean? Javed Akthar is a nominated Rajya Sabha member hence nominated, but what is that Honorable Chairman, how is that title earned. ...
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What does the term "Equity" mean, in "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion"?

The use of the term Equity has been on the rise for years, especially with the emergence of the new political term of "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion", or DEI, being bandied about in the US....
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In what sense did Trump put a notch on his belt? [closed]

The following extract is from UStoday site: Trump's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, told NBC's "Today" show on Friday that Trump was initially "shocked" when notified of the grand jury's ...
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Definition of Leftist

These days, I am listening too much of the word "Leftist" in the sites like Twitter and Reddit. What is meant by the term "Leftist"? Is this a philosophically improved political ...
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Was the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia an "invasion" or not? [closed]

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "invasion" means: an instance of invading a country or region with an armed force. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "armed force&...
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Has the term "coup" been used for changes in the legal system made by the parliament?

The ruling coalition in Israel's parliament is planning to change some laws related to its judicial system (see 2023 Israeli judicial reform for details). In major Israeli media outlets, this change ...
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Clear and concrete definition of "Third World" [duplicate]

Commonly, when I discuss with a pro-western American, or perhaps sometimes Europeans about an African Country I always hear this, "But it's third world" on investopedia.com "Third World&...
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What does one actually study when getting a Ph.D. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University? Does one perhaps study liberals or study liberally? [closed]

After 06:33 in CNN's January 22, 2023 Brown presses GOP House Intelligence chair on Trump documents CNN's Pamela Brown says to US Representative Mike Turner (R-OH): Okay, thank you so much ...
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What does “woke indoctrination” mean?

In the following CNBC article the author uses the term “woke” which Merriam Webster defines as a US slang adjective meaning “to be socially and politically aware”. U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy ...
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Why would US Senator Adam Schiff be addressed as "Chairmanship" rather than "Chairman"? [closed]

At the very end of the December 11, 2022 Face The Nation video Schiff says Jan. 6 committee's probe "far out ahead" of Justice Department the show's "moderator and CBS News senior ...
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

I've noticed that many officials in both Russia and Ukraine prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia". (I believe most outside the former USSR ...
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When should one use "Indo-Pacific" vs "Asia-Pacific"?

I have seen the two terms being used variously by different people. I would assume that: The "Asia Pacific" relates to that part of Asia which lies in the Pacific Ocean. It includes regions ...
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Which voting system criterion requires that changing your preference order of some candidates won't affect whether other candidates are elected?

Consider an election in which one voter's preference order was Alice > Bob > Carol. If she were to change her preference order to Carol > Alice > Bob, there are 9 possibilities as to what ...
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Name for phenomenon in which attempting to solve a problem locally can seemingly fail because they absorb the problem from elsewhere?

Examples: City has a homelessness problem. They increase services for the homeless, but because all the surrounding cities also have homelessness problems, homeless people from those cities move in ...
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What is the scientific definition of the current social/economic order of Russian Federation?

It may be some specific kind of capitalism, because the private property still exists. But I am puzzled by the absence of the democracy, free press, multiple parties, democratic elections - something ...
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If both houses together are called Congress, why does Congressperson refer to members of the House of Representatives?

The US Senate is referred to as the upper house of Congress. And the 'House of Representatives' which is also part of Congress, is referred as the lower house. A member of the US Senate is called a ...
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What is "crypto-mobilization"?

For the past few days, the Institute for the Study of War has been mentioning "crypto-mobilization" in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. For example: Russian officials ...
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What are different ways to define the concept of "The West"?

The concept of "The West" is mentioned frequently on this forum, but often runs into the problem of ambiguous definition. While most people have a rough idea of what is considered "...
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Gender-neutral term for a Senator or Representative

Is there a gender-neutral term for a Senator or Representative? Senator: gender-neutral, but only includes Senators Representative: gender-neutral, but only includes Representatives Congressman: male-...
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Is there a technical term for "knee jerk law"?

A rough definition of a "knee jerk law" would be: Something bad happens An outrage is raised by the media A law is passed banning/changing/attacking the bad thing while the outrage is ...
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Political terminology or example for a leader making their crime a norm by highlighting an opponent's small mistakes?

Let's say that politician A is a corrupt person. His opponent is a moral guy with an honest reputation. The reputation of politician A is badly affected when a news story breaks about his corruption. ...
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Which countries (if any) does China characterize as its allies?

When discussing foreign policy, at least in English, many political leaders will mention the importance of working with their country's allies. A case in point would be the US and recent statements ...
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What is the academic term for political activities on the small social group level?

We have the phrases "office politics", "family politics", etc, describing relations of power, that is, political relations within small social groups. Political relations on this ...
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What is the generally accepted definition for "micropolitics"?

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, micropolitics is about "small-scale interventions that are used for governing the behaviour of large populations of people." According to the ...
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Do EU regulations define the term "recession"?

At least one Eurostat publication uses the following def of recession: A recession is normally defined in terms of zero or negative growth of GDP in at least two successive quarters. And they cite a ...
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Why is the US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics called a "sherpa"?

CNBC's June 28, 2022 U.S.’s Russia sanctions architect Singh departs as Ukraine war drags on refers to the position as a sherpa in two places as quoted below. The Sherpa people: ...are one of the ...
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Could the British policy of sending asylum seekers to Rwanda be described as "extraordinary rendition"? [closed]

The term "extraordinary rendition" entered the language a few years ago to describe the practice of enforcing, without legal process, the removal of people from one jurisdiction to another, ...
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What is the analogous term of people of colour for white persons?

I already know the term "people of colour" in a sociological context. What is the counterpart term to people of colour actually (i.e. white people?) in the same context if there is one?
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Is there a name in political science for an apparent paradox between societal ideals and practice?

This phenomenon is not specific to any country as I have noticed it stretches across multiple regions and countries. For example, marijuana is illegal in the United States at the federal level despite ...
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Asking for examples to clarify the meaning of geopolitics

I don't understand what "geopolitics" means and I am asking help about that. From googling, I found some definitions below: Blackwill (2009) documents that "Geopolitics in this context ...
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What is the meaning of the term "Genocide" as opposed to "Crimes against Humanity"? [closed]

Genocide as a term came into being relatively after World War 2. There used to be a term earlier called Crimes against Humanity which used to be used to describe similar events. This use of this term ...
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