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Questions about political terminology, including established definitions and appropriate usage, and subjects directly related to it.

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What is Economic Populism?

I saw an article this morning on NBC declaring that Economic Populism Will Be Front And Center for 2016 Elections. It goes into detail about why this will be such an important issue in the coming year....
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Is there a term for militant groups like the LRA and Boko Haram?

I'm no expert but from various things I've read there seems to be a subtype of militant group that seems to be becoming more widespread. Examples include the LRA and Boko Haram, and possibly also ...
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Did the United States use “Concentration camp” in internment-related terminology?

Did the United States use the phrase "Concentration camp" in internment-related terminology during World War 2? I've heard that the phrase "Concentration camp" was used in contemporary descriptions ...
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What characterizes an act of war as “war crime?”

With the Israel-Gaza tension going on, I hear a lot of talk about "war crimes" by the UN. However, to me the war going on doesn't seem different at all from any other war, and leaves me to wonder how ...
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Cronysm vs oligarchy

What is the difference between these two? Which claims are true for cronyism but not for oligarchy, and vice verse?
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In Australia, what does the term “Big polluters” mean?

In Australia, does the term "Big Polluters" have any specific meaning? Here's an example of the phrase being used: The Dinosaurs, by The Climate Institute Right now, big polluters have to pay for ...
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Utah State Teacher Sexual Conduct

Recently Ms. Jarrel a former Utah high school teacher was found guilty of sexual relations with a student. The student was expelled from school and as for the teacher. She was sentenced to 18 months ...
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What is the name of the tactic that politicians use to bury people with torrent of words?

Some people write bloated books and long essays with skilful use of hooks, e.g. Jared Diamond; some others speak in long-drawn sentences with torrents of words, e.g. Noam Chomsky. It reminds me of a ...
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What is the relationship between Regulatory Capture and Karl Marx?

I recently read the Wikipedia entry for Regulatory Capture. There was the following: The general economic concept where interest groups with disproportionate amounts of power shape public policy ...
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What's the definition of domestic use?

My debate team's topic is about the use of domestic nuclear energy in the United States. I have been running into trouble with people saying that anything domestic needs to physically happen within ...
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Is there any difference between a dissident and a whistleblower?

During the Cold War people who criticized Soviet government, its practices and abuses were called "dissidents" in the West, even if they politically supported Socialism or advocated better application ...
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Term for belief that certain decisions should be made by expert bureaucrats, rather than democratically

US county teaches students about both ‘East Sea’ and ‘Sea of Japan’ mentions that a county of 540,000 people in Maryland has decided to teach that the Sea of Japan is also called the East Sea. East ...
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Word for government-mandated price moratorium

Is there a word for when the government stops business from raising prices after a minimum wage increase in order to protect from inflation? People say, we can't raise minimum wage because businesses ...
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What exactly constitutes a “Weapon of Mass Destruction?”

There was a huge controversy because we didn't find stockpiles of chemical weapons after saying there were WMDs. Now we have charged in court people who use an IED at a marathon with using weapons of ...
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Is “Hillarycare” typically derogatory?

Is the term "Hillarycare" typically used as a derogatory term? I tried looking up the Wikipedia article on Clinton health care plan of 1993, but it didn't discuss the term "Hillarycare".
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What Divided Political Sphere means

Can anyone describe what "Divided Political Sphere" means?
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When and how did the term “liberal” acquire a leftist/socialist meaning in the US?

Some comments on another question show confusion over the definition of “liberal”: @Eva, still going to have the same problems. For example, what is the liberal position on economic ...
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What does “teabagger” mean in the politics?

I have faced it in the political news. For example here in the comments under the article: Rowhani's 'path of moderation' also shows limits What does it mean exactly and why is it called like this?
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How to apply game theory?

How can we apply the game theory to understand the dynamics of International Politics? Are there any crucial decisions taken at the international level that were the results of game theory's ...
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Ministry of Knowledge Economy of South Korea

South Korea had a ministry called Ministry of Knowledge Economy. In 1948, it was Ministry of Commerce in the First Republic of South Korea. In 1993 it was merged with the Ministry of Energy, ...
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What is meant by 'Strategic Dialogue'?

John Kerry, US Secretary of State, is coming to India in the last week of June 2013 for the third strategic dialogue. He will co-chair this dialogue along with his counterpart Salman Khurshid, ...
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Is “Illegal immigrant” a legal term and will the AP's decision not to use it have a major effect?

The Associated Press decided to recommend against the use of the phrase "illegal immigrant". What is the legal term for someone who crosses a border and resides in a country that they are not ...
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What would be considered a middle class salary in the UK?

There is a lot of talk about the squeezed middle in the UK, Is class based mainly on income and if so what is considered to be a middle class salary ?
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Was Hugo Chavez's regime an actual “Bolivarian” revolution?

Hugo Chavez claimed that his government was "Bolivarian" Wiki sayeth: The “Bolivarian Revolution” refers to a leftist social movement and political process in Venezuela led by Venezuelan president ...
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Is there a difference between Sheriff and regular county level police officers in USA?

Wikipedia has this to say about Sheriffs (of United States, not Nottingham :) In the United States of America, the scope of a sheriff varies across states and counties. The sheriff is always a ...
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Why is the phrase “civil rights” used with such a narrow meaning in the USA?

When the president name-checked the watershed moments of the women’s rights, civil rights and LGBT equality movements, he offered a powerful moment of official recognition. Melissa Harris-Perry, The ...
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The ideal of representative democracy [closed]

When people use the term, they generally mean: Representative democracy is a variety of democracy founded on the principle of elected people representing a group of people, as opposed to direct ...
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Is there any functional difference between “Middle East” and “Near East”?

Commonly in foreign policy debates, the countries in and around Israel are referred to as the "Middle East". I heard an expert on the topic speak as a representative of a think tank that used the term ...
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What exactly do political aides do?

Whenever you read about the history of any recent politician (or at least, American politicians) it says "They were an aide in the Clinton administration" or something similar. What exactly do these ...
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Why did “third world” fall out of favor?

When I was younger, there were "first world" (i.e. rich) and "third world" (i.e poor) countries. This was a relic of cold war theory, but I never really heard about "second world" as a normal term. ...
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Do dog-whistle politics only refer to racist and right-leaning statements?

I don't think I have ever heard the term applied to statements on the left. Supposedly racists can understand a hidden meaning or applied to the Christian right, but the majority of voters cannot hear ...
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What is the difference between a nation and a state?

These terms seem to be used interchangably - what is the difference between them? Additionally, why is it that a "state" appears to be just an entity of a federal government in certain contexts - e.g....
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How is the word “populist” used in practice?

A recent answer to another question on politics.se referred to the Nolan Chart as a method for describing political affiliation. The version of the chart shown at that link describes two axes: Left-...
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What is the difference between liberalism and libertarianism?

According to wikipedia Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis) is a political philosophy or worldview founded on the idea of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on ...
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Is there any difference between demarchy and stochocracy?

According to the Wikipedia article on demarchy: Demarchy (or lottocracy) is a form of government in which the state is governed by randomly selected decision makers who have been selected by ...
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What is the difference between representative and parliamentary democracy?

In the case of "representative democracy", the common sense makes you think that you elect congressmen or speakers to represent your wishes, and in the "parliamentary democracy" you do almost the same;...
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What is the difference between sortition and demarchy?

What is the difference between demarchy and sortition? The Wikipedia article for demarchy: Demarchy (or lottocracy) is a form of government in which the state is governed by randomly selected ...
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Does any organisation refer to itself as terrorist?

Does any organisation refer to itself as terrorist ? It seems to me this word is only used by political opponents to such organisations, as the term terrorism has a quite negative connotation. But I'm ...
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Are the viable political alternatives in the US (e.g. Democrats and Republicans) considered (far) left and (far) right?

This question phrases the US political situation as: Today the federal government is in a seemingly interminable pendulum effect going between far-right and far-left. Coming from Europe and ...
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What is meant by the “left” and the “right”?

When discussing political issues and parties, I often hear mention of a party being "left", "centre-left", "right" or "extreme right". In broad terms, what do these designations mean?

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