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

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Is there a precise definition of what a “landslide election victory” is?

E.g. in an election dominated by X parties (or candidates), is there some (even rough) threshold Y% of the votes at which we can say a certain party (or candidate) had a "landslide election victory"? ...
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is this definition of the State complete?

The State is an organization intended/designed/created and maintained by a People in order to make known, apply and defend People's Will. The State ensures the progress in fulfilling the People's ...
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What is the difference between a one party state & non-partisan democracy?

A one-party state often in practice appears to consider that all nationals are de-facto members of the ruling party, so how is there really any difference between that & a non-partisan democracy? ...
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How do these differ: Politics vs Political Science vs Political Philosophy vs Political Theory?

I've Googled several sources that compare two of these, but none that contrast all four: This Reddit thread contrasts Political Philosophy with Political Theory. This Quora thread contrasts Political ...
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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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Term for shifting positions toward the center during an election

I was thinking about various politicians who, at the beginning of their campaigns (usually presidential campaigns), held opinions typically associated with "left" or "liberal" ideology, and who, over ...
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What's the definition of “fake news” in the context of facebook? [closed]

Facebook is being asked by some people to do something about fake news. Does the term "fake news" refer to hit and run operations that try to get traffic for a particular article, or does it also ...
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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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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 might “behavioral microtargeting with psychographic messaging” mean, in the context of political action committee research?

The New York Times article Bolton Was Early Beneficiary of Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Data includes the passage: In the two years that followed, Mr. Bolton’s super PAC spent nearly $1.2 million ...
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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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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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Why do Christian democratic parties often name themselves “popular” and “people's”?

Parties such as those united under the European People's Party tend to tag themselves as "popular" or "people's" parties. Does this term have any ideological value? Or is it just a non-religious ...
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US Chief Justice Roberts' choices of “in conformity with” and “in conformance with” during the swearing in at the Senate

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts used both the phrases in conformity with and in conformance with within the same minute during a swearing-in process in the senate. This can be heard in CNN’...
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Why hasn't legislation corrected the ambiguity of 'civil law'?

Source: A Brief Introduction to Law in Canada (Mar. 2017). p. 39 Bottom. Box 2.3. "Common Law" and "Civil Law": Alternate Meanings As we have seen, some legal expressions have ...
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Regarding CAG India what does this line “CAG satisfies himself about the wisdom, faithfulness and economy of the expenditure incurred.” means

I came across this line about the duties of CAG in a book. He satisfies himself about the wisdom, faithfulness and economy of the expenditure incurred. What does this line mean? What does satisfy ...
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Is there a term for radical opposition to proportional representation?

Is there some standard name for radical opposition against proportional representation? Two examples: Quote of Vladimir Bukovsky from Former Soviet Dissident Warns For EU Dictatorship: The European ...
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Definition of active measures in a political warfare context

Is there a good definition of active measures in a political warfare context? Wikipedia has an article on active measures in that context, but it lacks a concise definition. Rather than stating a ...
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Quote? Perfect propaganda makes people believe without knowing how it got into their heads

I read somewhere that the ultimate perfection in propaganda is to make people believe without knowing how it got into their heads. Have you seen this quote anywhere?
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Is “emergency socialism” a neologism, or does it have significant and deeper historical context?

With Trump and other politicians talking about a form of a stimulus package for every adult in America as a means to address a dire situation, a turn of phrase has been popping about news articles and ...
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Does an election necessarily involve selection?

An election is a kind of vote. A referendum is a vote, but is not an election. Therefore we infer not all votes are elections. What are the essential characteristics of an election then? Does an ...
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Could the European Union (or an element of it) be described as a government?

Could the European Union (or an element of it) be described as a government? The Wikipedia definition of government seems quite broad: A government is the system or group of people governing an ...
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What is the difference between leadership and statesmanship?

Is there any difference between leadership and statesmanship? The terms are sometimes used interchangeably. But sometimes a significant difference is also observed. Please cite a few examples if ...
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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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What are the factors exactly that will make missions like OTV-6 “Space Force launches”?

Space.com's US Space Force to launch the next X-37B space plane mystery mission on May 16 is not the first launch said to be a Space Force launch†. As I understand it the US Space Force is currently ...
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Is there a term in US politics for when the President's party doesn't control (both chambers) of Congress?

In French (and other) semi-presidential systems, when the PM (voted by the assembly) is from a different party than the (directly elected) president, the term "cohabitation" is used. Is there a [...
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Why the use of the term “whistleblower”? [closed]

Strictly in regard to the current events happening in the US involving its president and the Ukrainian call, I'm confused by the use of the term "whistleblower". The context I've been able to infer ...
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Can a US state senator be referred to as a representative?

To make a long story short, I wrote a letter to my district senator and referred to him as a "local representative." I did not mean to suggest that he is a member of the state House of Representatives,...
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Why does “extremist” concept for a political figure seem so unclear?

In order to narrow the scope of the question, I will consider the case of Marine Le Pen. According to this BBC article, she can be regarded as "far-right" due to hard line on immigration, treatment ...
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How might you describe this political position?

There appears to be an "Oxbridge consensus" demonstrated by successive UK governments This approach is characterised by an uncompromising laissez-faire approach in some policy areas (migration, ...
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What is a the correct way of expressing a (vote) majority? [closed]

During the time, I have kept hearing about various expressions of a vote majority (TV discussions and titles, printed/on-line media etc.). The most common are 50% + 1 and 51%. A simple search reveals ...
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In the Political Compass test, what does “left libertarian” mean? [closed]

I took a political compass quiz and it categorized me as "left libertarian". What does this mean? If it is a party, then I don't know anything about it, and I was wondering if anyone knew of it, and ...
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'First' and 'second' houses of parliament

In a bicameral legislature, is the first house the lower house and the second house the upper house?
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Have some concrete/operational definitions been proposed for the term “shadow war”?

Various commentators have said that US and Iran and/or Israel and Iran are engaged in a "shadow war". Have there been works/proposals in political science/theory literature clearly defining this "...
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What word might describe a position between progressive and reactionary [duplicate]

My understanding of both terms is that they relate to one's tolerance of the status quo, with "progressive" meaning someone who wants to progress beyond the current status quo ("change&...
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Differences between “political theory”, “political philosophy”, and “political thought”?

What're the differences between these terms: political theory; political philosophy; political thought? I ask because these terms seem to mean the same thing in common usage.
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What is another term for a deception operation? [closed]

Like we have the term False Flag for covert operations to put blame for an event on a third party, is there any term for deception covert operations that are meant to fool the opponent? I am looking ...
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Does a one-party system of government preclude it from being a Republic?

As I understand it, to be a Republic: decision makers are elected and the rule of law via is codified via a constitution. If there is but a single party, and officials are elected by the people, is ...
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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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Can left and right be reduced to who takes care of whom? [duplicate]

In my country (Belgium) there are quite some discussions between left- and right-wing political parties, but do those terms mean? I've developed my own definition, and I'd like to verify it here on ...
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What Divided Political Sphere means

Can anyone describe what "Divided Political Sphere" means?
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What is the name of this kind of political regime run by AI? [closed]

What is the name of a political regime where an Artificial Intelligence rules all and make decisions?

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