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How does government know it is doing good to its citizens?

How does a government in general know (find out) whether it is doing good to its citizens? Let's define 'good' of citizen as 'good' of person (human). In my definition it is that each person's ...
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What are the international and country-based court decisions that make Northern Cyprus legal, and what are the reasoning behind them?

European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) made various decisions on Northern Cyprus. These decisions included "validity of laws of Northern Cyprus in the north of Cyprus island" and "the independence/...
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How easy is it for a citizen of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to get a Republic of Cyprus (and therefore EU) passport?

How easy is it for a citizen of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus who is resident on the territory it administers to get a Republic of Cyprus (EU) passport? Is it unlawful under TRNC law for ...
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How can ISIS & other groups control large populations with limited resources?

According to the Wikipedia page regarding ISIS, the group probably has fewer than 50.000 fighters (CIA estimates 19.000+-25.000, ISIS claims 100.000, which is obviously an exaggeration, so about 50....
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Are there any official borders between continents?

I was talking to a friend about how Turkey wants to join the EU, I was a bit confused because I considered Turkey to be part of Asia, however he thought it was part of Europe. So we got maps up on our ...
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Lokpal Act and Jan Lokpal Bill, what's the difference between these two bills?

What's the difference between the the Lokpal Act and the Jan Lokpal Bill in Indian Politics?
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Does one party get primary challenges at a higher rate than another party?

Does one party get primary challenges at a higher rate than another party? If this question is not directly answerable, what criteria would I use to determine this rate?
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Why are they called faithless electors?

I recently read this question: Could faithless electors really change the USA president? I gather that a faithless elector is an elector who goes against the votes cast, but why are they called a ...
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Oldest head of government / state at time first elected to office

Speculation has Bernie Sanders may run for US President in 2020, when he will be 79. Mahathir Mohamad is aiming to become Malaysias PM (again) at the age of 92. Wikipedia has a list of state leaders ...
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Do the words “collude” or “collusion” actually appear in the Mueller Report? [on hold]

Considering that there is no relevant crime called collusion, do the words "collude", "collusion", or any other form of the words actually appear in the Mueller Report? If so, how many times? This ...
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Has negative voting ever been officially implemented in elections, or seriously proposed, or even studied?

I struggled to name what I'm asking about here. I'm talking about the kind of voting that happens on many websites, including stackexchange: you can upvote something (a question), or you can downvote ...
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Governments friendly to the USA willing to accept Guantanamo detainees from other countries

This question is related to Why require a stable home country for release from Guantanamo Bay? . The United States has released some Guantanamo detainees to countries from which they originated. In ...
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Does the Mueller report show a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump Campaign?

According to the information contained in the Mueller Report, was there a conspiracy between the Trump Campaign and Russia? By conspiracy, I mean both the legal definition and in an informal sense; ...
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Do any countries besides the UK have a “triple lock” on pensions?

The Economist wrote before the 2017 UK general election: The average incomes of retired households are now higher than those of working ones, once housing costs are accounted for. Small wonder that ...
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How does the possibility of snap elections provide an electoral benefit to voters?

I live in Canada, which used to have, inspired by the British system, federal elections every 5 years, plus the possibility of snap elections. It was actually reformed to every 4 years, fixed. My ...
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What exactly is “collusion”? What is Robert Mueller expected to prove?

It seems to me that what most people typically mean when they say "Trump colluded with Russia to win the election" is, quite simply, that Trump, or his campaign, knowingly met with some key people ...
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How does Belgium enforce obligatory attendance in elections?

Wikipedia's page on Voter Turnout states the following about obligatory attendance in Belgium: In both Belgium, which has obligatory attendance, and Malta, which does not, participation reaches ...
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Did only retired people vote in a majority for the Conservatives in the UK 2017 General Election?

I was looking through the wikipedia article for the 2017 general election in the UK, and found these numbers provided by a YouGov poll that broke down the voting results by demographic. Most of the ...
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Where have most of the accusations of antisemitism in the labour party come from?

What proportion of the accusations of antisemitism they've had lately come from the Blairite old guard & directed almost exclusively at Corbyn's crew? Is there any evidence that these ...
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Why did 19th-cent. US presidents have less role in government than Congress or the states, and were more executives than leaders?

The European Union: Politics and Policies (2017 6 edn). pp 102 Bottom - 103 Middle.         Serving a renewable five-year term, the president of the Commission oversees ...
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Did Mueller's report provide an evidentiary basis for the claim of Russian govt election interference via social media?

Over the past several years, many in the US (government and mainstream media) have argued that the Russian government ("The Russians") interfered with the 2016 US elections through the "Internet ...
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Who can remove European Commissioners?

Who, within the governance structures of the European Union, has the power to remove a European Commissioner? I think the European Parliament can remove the entire Commission via vote of no ...
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Longest known chain of command? [closed]

What's the longest known chain of command length for any government or large organization, (legal or illegal)? For example, WP's abstract military organization chain length is 11: corporal sergeant ...
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Is Fox News correct that Mueller shouldn't be going after a campaign finance violation?

I'm anti-Trump, just to get that out of the way, but I'm also curious about the legal aspects. I hope this falls enough under political and not legal but if you think it's better for the legal board,...
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What is the difference between globalisation and imperialism?

It seems obvious to start by looking at the first few lines on Wikipedia: Wikipedia on globalisation Globalization or globalisation is the process of interaction and integration among people, ...
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Why was the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers likened to “a bus trip with the Marx brothers in the driver's seat”?

The European Union: Politics and Policies (2017 6 edn). p. 126 Middle. What does "a bus trip with the Marx brothers in the driver's seat" mean? Why was the Italian Presidency of the Council of ...
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How is the EU governed?

The US government is established and limited in power by the US Constitution. However there is no EU Constitution that I can find, and there are quite a few political analysts (pundits), appearing on ...
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Has Ukraine implemented section 11 of the Minsk II agreement?

The Minsk II Agreement calls for (2) Pull-out of all heavy weapons by both sides to equal distance with the aim of creation of a security zone on minimum 50 kilometres (31 mi) apart for artillery ...
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Do any countries use a codified version of the “matter of confidence” of (former) UK tradition?

By tradition that appears to be in question now there used to be case in the UK that governments could designate a particular vote as being a ‘matter of confidence’ – which means they would ...
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What is the historical basis of Israeli and Palestinian claims to the land that is now under Israeli control?

I know there is a conflict between Israel and Palestine over the land which is now recognized as Israel. Palestinians and their supporters claim the land has been the residence of Palestinians and ...
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Is Donald Trump under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller?

I've seen conflicting reports about whether Donald Trump is personally (i.e. not his campaign) under investigation. The Washington Post says: "The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to ...
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What is the purpose of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)?

What are the stated goals of the proponents of ACTA? In what way do these goals diverge from the likely effects of the Agreement claimed by those who oppose it?
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Is it common for British MPs to have no connection to their electoral district?

As an example, Theresa May is serving as an MP from Maidenhead even though she had no connection whatsoever to this constituency since before her election in that constituency. On the other hand Boris ...
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Have governments ever made female genital mutilation compulsory?

ISIS has recently been accused of making female genital mutilation (FGM) compulsory for girls and women under the age of 49. They've denied the claim. My understanding was that no government has ever ...
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Trump's pre-election claims. How many are in progress? [closed]

Trump's pre-election company was bright. There were big pre-election claims: breaking disadvantageous deals wall on Mexican border removing 'Obamacare' moving embassy to Jerusalem new workplaces for ...
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What effect will Euro purchases of Iranian crude by Europe have on US foreign policy?

According to articles like this there seems to be a move towards Europe saving billion dollar deals with Iran by switching to Euro for crude purchases. Apparently to avoid dollar sanctions on Iran ...
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Why is globalisation so disdained?

From what I can tell via the definition of the word on Google, globalisation seems like a fairly reasonable course of action. Trade makes everyone better off in the long run, and it isn't as if we ...
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What are the main reasons for the massive increase in CEO pay inequality over the last thirty years?

Using Switzerland as a paradigmatic case, the ratio of CEO pay to the worker with lowest pay increased from 6x in 1984 to 43 x in 2011 (source: The Guardian). What specific policy or policies have ...
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Is revolution possible anymore? [on hold]

When a government ceases to serve its citizens or becomes hostile to them, it is the right of the people to rise up and replace it. This has happened many times in history. But several lifestyle ...
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Why are there separate investigations into Trump's alleged collusion with Russia?

It seems to me as if there are two separate and concurrent investigations into Trump's (and his presidential campaign team's) alleged collusion with Russia. One is run by the Senate Intelligence ...
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Did President Trump ever answer questions on obstruction to Mueller?

The FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, overseen by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has just finished. Now at some point in the course of the investigation, Mueller’s team sent President Trump a series ...
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How does Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties go about such cases when one of the two sides stops existing?

How does the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties go about such cases when one of the two sides stops existing? For example, when USSR stopped existing how did the Vienna Convention regulate all ...
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Do I correctly understand the math behind Bernie Sanders's medicare for all financing options?

This may be basic math, but I'd like to check my understanding of Bernie Sanders's medicare for all financing options document, which is found here. $3.2 trillion is what the U.S. spends on health ...
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Did everyone named in the Mueller report get to read it in advance?

Attorney General Bill Barr said this in a press conference today, in regard to the Mueller Report: In addition, earlier this week, the President’s personal counsel requested and were given the ...
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Do elected officials need to pass background checks to obtain security clearances?

I was in the Navy and during my time I needed a background check to get the required security clearance. How does this work with elected officials? Can the president of the United States, senator, or ...
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What would be needed for the U.S. to abolish or reform the electoral college?

What would it take to reform the U.S. Presidential Elections such that either The President is elected by popular vote, abolishing the electoral college completely, or every state is mandated to ...
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Do any jurisdictions seriously consider reclassifying social media websites as publishers?

The US Communications Decency Act of 1996 was the first attempt to regulate pornography on the internet. Moreover, section 230 of the act has been used by internet companies to avoid being ...
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Is it possible to indefinitely postpone a new parliamentary session in the UK

Traditionally, as I understand it the British parliament sits on annual sessions. Each one starting with a Queen's speech. After an election winning a vote on a Queen's speech is requirement for an ...
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Why did Roosevelt decide to implement a maximum wage through taxation rather than a simple ceiling?

In 1942, FDR asked Congress to implement a 100% tax on all incomes over $25,000 (around $375,000 today). This was backed by the unions and a clear majority of the voting public. In fact, such a tax ...
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Why has self-regulation of social media failed? [on hold]

Canadian Minister of Democratic Institutions, Katrina Gould, has said that ‘all options are on the table’ when it comes to regulating social media companies as she recognised that ‘self-regulation has ...

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