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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How does Indonesia's unofficial presidential election tally finish with “head-snapping” speed?

The NPR News item and podcast In Indonesia, Joko Widodo Secures Another 5-Year Term As President says: "Let us reunite as family. Let us strengthen our unity," he said. He urged patience until the ...
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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 were the legal consequences of the 2010 power struggle surrounding article 114 of the Romanian constitution?

Apparently there was a big power struggle in Romania in 2010 involving article 114 of their constitution, which allows the government to "engage responsibility" for a law, thus pass it without an ...
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Which countries have largely copied article 49 para 3 of the French constitution?

Roughly speaking, article 49.3 of the French constitution allows the government to pass a law without an explicit vote in the legislative assembly by "committing government's responsibility". The ...
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What is the exact architecture of the West Bank ‘segregation’ wall in Israel?

It came as something of a surprise to find out that the infamous segregation wall that encloses the West Bank does not enclose its entire circumference. Q. What percentage of the West Bank ...
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How does Israel teach the Nakba, if at all?

How goes Israel go about teaching the Nakba (1948 Palestinian exodus)?
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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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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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Why was Switzerland’s maximum wage proposal defeated? [on hold]

In Switzerland, CEO pay leapt from 6x lowest pay in 1984 to 43x in 2011. Hence Switzerland’s young Socialists held a referendum in 2013 to cap executive pay at 12x the lowest which failed at around ...
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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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What (if any) secular UK groups are ideologically opposed to jury service?

The HMCTS guidance on jury service states that excusal should be given to: members of generic or secular organisations, whose ideology, or beliefs are incompatible with jury service I am aware ...
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How is the BBC allowed to promote commercial products?

I always had the impression that the BBC, at least up to some point in time, was not allowed to promote commercial products in any way. However when viewing the BBC website, I quite often notice ...
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Can a party unilaterally change candidates in preparation for a General election?

Can a political party unilaterally change candidates in the run up to a general election campaign? For example if too many MPs support policy X and this is seen as an electoral risk, can the party ...
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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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Is there any way for the UK Prime Minister to make a motion directly dependent on Government confidence?

The British Parliament has rejected the Brexit bill, but it has also defeated the motion of no-confidence. Is there a mechanism in place for the PM to merge these two votes so that if you don't vote ...
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Why are Kinder Suprise Eggs illegal in the USA but not other potentially hazardeous consumer products as cars, cigarettes? [duplicate]

I suppose it has something to do with a perceived trade-off between danger and gain through consumption, but are there other, political reasons?
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Does the international community accept either nation’s claim in the US–Haitian Navassa Island dispute?

Navassa Island lies between Jamaica, Cuba, and Haiti, and is claimed by both the United States and Haiti. Have any other countries recognised either claim, or is the status of the international ...
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Why are US gun laws so lax? [duplicate]

The gun politics in the USA are unusually lax compared to most other first world countries. Why are they like this?
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How can a citizen change an existing law — who can the bill be submitted to

its known that in order to make or change a law, a bill is needed which is introduced to congress and the senate etc.... The question: If a citizen is directly affected by a current "unfair" law and ...
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Why did the US and UK choose different solutions to the problem of an undemocratic upper house?

Both the US and the UK formerly had an upper legislative house which wielded considerable power despite being elected by government officials rather than the people (the Senate) or completely ...
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Does Theresa May's government promote any Maidenhead-specific agenda given that she's an MP for that district?

Theresa May has been serving as MP for Maidenhead since 1997. Now that she's the Prime Minister, is her government trying to push through any policies that would be of particular benefit for residents ...
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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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Is there a correlation between size of member state and support for EU membership?

I have heard from small country citizens critical of EU membership, the argument that in the EU, the important issues are all decided by the big countries, essentially arguing that the EU is just an ...
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Privacy of voting in India

Is the voting process in India really a private affair? Recently, an MLA belonging to the ruling party has threatened voters that Prime Minister Modi has installed cameras in the polling booth ...
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What legal actions/procedures I can take as an indivdual to implement sugar law

I would love to see a higher limit on sugar content in food, ideally not more than 15%, but a 40% is a start. What legal actions/procedures I can take as an individual to get something put in law to ...
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Veterans appealing against politicization of the army

Recently, veterans of the Indian army had written a letter to the President of India complaining about the politicization of the army and its operations. The ruling government had denied about this ...
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How is the number of representatives within EU structures computed?

This rather old article argues about EU countries actual influence within the EU: Germany is over-represented in the European Parliament, giving it a correspondingly high potential to influence ...
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Why did France waive the tax dues for Reliance? [on hold]

The French authorities made a settlement of 7.3 million euros instead of 143.7 million euros with Reliance immediately after the controversial Rafale agreement between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ...
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Is Trump the first president to seek to punish his opponents by district or region?

Political partisanship has never been pretty. Preston Brooks, for example, beat Charles Sumner with his cane on the Senate floor because he objected to Sumner's speech but that was individual and ...
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Why are Kinder Surprise Eggs illegal in the USA?

In the USA, Kinder Surprise Eggs are banned by the government. What is the reason?
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What medium is the current U. S. constitution on?

If there is a more appropriate site for this question, feel free to migrate it. When the first edition of the constitution was ratified, I imagine they must have used parchment. When they made ...
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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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