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What does “state of exception” mean?

Carl Schmitt argues that a country with the objective of maintaining a strong state capacity in a “state of exception” will aim to speed up the processes of democratic politics for decisive actions ...
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California Governor - Recall Election - Can you vote “no” and still pick a successor?

The explanation I have found so far for the upcoming recall election in CA is that there are two questions: Should Newsom be recalled? If so, who should replace him? (with Newsom himself NOT being ...
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What's the progress on making Washington DC a 51th state? [duplicate]

I've read much about efforts for making Washington DC a state. Now, it seems, that the House is passed, and we're waiting for Senate voting. Is there any information about planned dates of Senate ...
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Can the President of the IMF be held legally accountable for financial crimes committed by the IMF?

If any financial crime is committed by a member of the IMF, can the President of the IMF be held legally accountable for it like the CEO of Enron was accountable for the crimes committed by that ...
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Are there precedents for treaties which only come into force once approved by the legislature of the all involved nations?

As an example, the Paris Agreement was merely signed in as an Executive Order by President Obama and was never approved by Congress. As a result, President Trump was able to leave the Paris Agreement ...
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What is the symbology of this pin?

I found this recently among old belongings and can't remember when or where I received it. Very curious about its source but more importantly its symbology. Sorry if this is the wrong place, there's ...
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Could an individual who has served as president for two terms (8 years) be elected to the vice-presidency? [duplicate]

It's a simple enough question, I feel. Suppose Barrack Obama wanted to run as Joe Biden's running mate in a 2024 campaign. Is there any existing legal reason why he would not be allowed to do so?
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Is there anything judicial that can prevent Trump from taking part in the 2024 elections?

It seems that Donald Trump is already preparing for his 2024 campaign - especially after the Republican CPAC in Iowa. Is there anything judicial that could prevent him from running in the 2024 race?
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Is expanding the electorate a foolish strategy in American politics? [closed]

One part of Bernie Sanders' strategy to become the Democratic party's presidential candidate in 2020 was to appeal to groups that generally vote less than other groups. E.g. young people, low income ...
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Does the Chinese government give special treatment to ethnic minorities when it comes to general promotion and promotion into the Central Committee?

The Central Committee is composed of 205 members and 171 alternate members, 39 of which are ethnic minorities. I was wondering if the Chinese Communist Party was "fully" meritocratic or ...
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Why is Former President Trump criticized for leaving the Iran Deal and his 'Maximum Pressure' campaign?

(Inspired by another question which was closed and deleted as a push question.) According to the Financial Tribune: The US special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, said the maximum pressure campaign ...
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US succession to the president list: What is it and how long does it go?

In the US, I often hear that there is a list of people that can take power if everyone in front of them is dead or incapable of doing the job or resigns. Like if the President is ever out, then the VP ...
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A textbook of (the history of) political thought [migrated]

I am looking for a textbook or a book covering the history of political thought in Europe up to the current times. Could you recommend one that is readable for a lay person and offers a good ...
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Is it justified for one party to dominate in a panel that is commissioned to investigate a national matter? [closed]

The House Jan-6 investigation committee consists of 9 house representatives, 7 are Democrats, only two are Republicans. Note that the original plan called for 10 members with half from Democrats and ...
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Does arresting specific types of people for voting illegally discourage those types of people from voting?

There were instances where voters were arrested for voting illegally in the state of Texas. Many of these arrests involve black and other nonwhite Democratic voters according to reports. Texas found ...
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What are some examples of amicable inter-state border dispute resolution?

What are some examples of amicable inter-state border dispute resolution? By state, I mean a state as in US states like Texas, California, etc. Or, Assam, Mizoram in India. What comes in my mind are ...
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Why does the amount of stimulus checks depend on each person's income, not assets?

I read an article "A breakdown of the fiscal and monetary responses to the pandemic" and noticed most direct cash payments depended on each person's income, unemployment, or dependent family ...
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Are there any statistics on political beliefs/party by profession other than from the US? [closed]

I'm generally interested in some kind of statistics that are broken down into groups that are based on a type of work or education rather than just the level of education. I'm curious about ...
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Why isn't there more public housing in the United States?

According to my research, there are 139 million homes in the United States, and 1.3 million are owned by public housing authorities. It seems to me that more public housing could be possible solution ...
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What are the advantages of allowing a state to default on its debt?

Some countries like the U.S. does not permit a state to file for bankruptcy. My question is why some countries allow for a state to default on its debt, and what might be the advantages of doing so? ...
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Is there any sense in writing to a (US) Senator or Representative [closed]

In the US, is it at all worthwhile to write/call a Senator or Representative about a legislative issue? Is it likely to have any effect at all? I suspect it's a useless endeavor because of several ...
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If a King in a traditional European-style monarchy resigns in favor of their son (and is thus still part of the ruling family), what is their title?

The only instance I found in an admittedly quick internet search of a such an event was Edward VIII of England, but he was given the Dukedom of Windsor and became a Duke quickly after, and I couldn't ...
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What is the purpose of the House investigation of what happened at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th 2021?

What is the overall purpose of the House investigation of the events that occurred at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021? Is this investigation being conducted to decide whether new Articles ...
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How it is determined, if some country is democratic? [closed]

It's interesting for me, how it is decided by western community. For example, we have country "A" (imagine, parliament republic), which holds elections. Note also, that it's not about "...
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What is the opinion of Irish nationalists on COVID-related border checks?

In Why is having border controls in Ireland so problematic for Irish nationalists? and What is the evidence that customs checks in Northern Ireland are going to result in violence? it was explained ...
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How to differ “angry mobs” from “fighters for freedom”? [closed]

I'm looking at those images and cannot understand how western correspondents (for example), differ "lawful use of force" from "unlawful use of force" (on the last image). 2020, US: ...
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Can the president decriminalize marijuana without congressional action?

I've heard this many times before, I assume it's true and can't find any rejection of it. However, asking here for a second opinion. The Attorney General serves at the "pleasure of president&...
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Is the current governance of the United States Capitol Police at odds with separation of powers doctrine?

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) appears to be a law enforcement agency and has been in the news since the capitol riot of January 6th, 2021. However, in recent events, the Capitol Police ...
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Why is Russia still welcome on the ISS despite geopolitical tensions?

Why is Russia still welcome on the International Space Station despite geopolitical tensions? According to Wikipedia: The Wolf Amendment is a law passed by the United States Congress in 2011 that ...
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Why are arbitrations of Investor-state dispute settlement sometimes carried out in secret?

Opponents of ISDS argue that arbitrations are sometimes carried out in secret by trade lawyers who do not enjoy the typical safeguards of judicial independence and procedural fairness, who earn income ...
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Is there any international reaction on police violence in France?

On those holidays another round of anti-Covid protests took place in France: Protests were suppressed rudely, with police violence and water cannons. Is there any reaction from international ...
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How can the director-general of the WTO influence matters of policy?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director-General_of_the_World_Trade_Organization The director-general of the World Trade Organization is the officer of the World Trade Organization (WTO) responsible ...
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What are the immediate limitations of diplomatic immunity?

Note: after writing the question, I found a very similar one covering some of my questions. I crossed them out below, some others are still open. When discussing with my son about some diplomatic ...
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Is a global democracy inevitable in the 21st century? [closed]

Earth is becoming flat, there are no real borders on the internet. Some global problems would require a global decision making process by global majorities to mitigate, in order to avoid suboptimal ...
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Is free speech declining in the Western countries? [closed]

Background Some time ago I have watched a discussion between two professors who argued that free speech is on the decline in Western countries (examples were mostly provided for US and UK), but no ...
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What is the opinion of Israeli Arabs on the Palestinian question?

According to Wikipedia, somewhere around 21% of Israels population is of Arab roots. Are there any polls available on what their opinion is on what should be done in regards to Palestine? I.e. do they ...
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Are people in hard science major more likely to be conservative rather than liberal? [closed]

This question ask if more educated people are liberal In the U.S., are people with more education more likely to vote liberal? A comment asks if people in hard science majors are more likely to be ...
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Why did the U.S. government lower the funding of the IRS?

Also needed: better tax enforcement through restored and increased funding of the IRS. An expert review of data released by the Congressional Budget Office and the Treasury Department indicates that ...
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What happens if a company/individual conducts business with a sanctioned (embargoed) country when the sanction is not from their country?

Let's say that country A is under economic sanction (embargo) from country B, and country C is a key ally of country B. What happens if a company/individual from country C does business with country A?...
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How likely will NDP be the mainstream power in Canada? What will Canada's future look like then? [closed]

How likely will the NDP be winning the federal election, or be the official opposition in federal level in future (next few decades)? There is a faction inside NDP called the socialist caucus, how far ...
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What is the reasoning behind duty free allowances?

Most countries allow travellers (whether visitors or returning travellers) to import stated limits of goods, alcohol and tobacco into the country free of duty and tax. What is the reasoning behind ...
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Do Democrats and Republicans still agree on what kinds of immigrants should be admitted?

In a highly cited 2015 paper, Hainmueller and Hopkins find that "beneath partisan divisions over immigration lies a broad consensus about who should be admitted to the country." For example, ...
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Would a Constitutional court make sense in The Netherlands?

Unlike many other countries, The Netherlands has no constitutional court. Article 120 of our constitution even says: De rechter treedt niet in de beoordeling van de grondwettigheid van wetten en ...
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Is there political activity in the US for regulation or banning of potentially biologically active samples from space to Earth? Who is doing so?

These comments (1, 2) under @SpaceLawyer's answer to If Elon Musk wanted to bring back some Martian soil, would US permission be required? in Space Exploration SE say: Let's not feel quickly relieved ...
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Why is China regulating religion?

Article 36 of the Chinese constitution says that citizens “enjoy freedom of religious belief.” It bans discrimination based on religion and forbids state organs, public organizations, or individuals ...
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Has the Biden administration communicated its reasoning for maintaining the embargo against Cuba?

The US currently has a trade embargo against Cuba, which has been in the news recently due to protests against the latter's government. During the Trump administration, these sanctions were tightened. ...
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Have there been any consequences so far for Switzerland rejecting the framework treaty with the EU?

In a New Statesman article on the Swiss government's abandonment of a [further] EU framework treaty with the EU, some possible negative consequences are mentioned: even if the collapse of this ...
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Why does Ben and Jerry's boycott of the occupied territories further BDS's cause?

Ben and Jerry's is an ice cream company known for taking controversial stances. It recently announced that it will stop selling ice cream in Israeli occupied areas like Palestine. This seems very ...
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In what specific way has the the EU “turned [its] rules upside down and inside out” on medicines in Northern Ireland?

In response to UK government accusations that the EU has been inflexible on medicines under the Northern Ireland protocol (see e.g. Boris Johnson's charge on 30 cancer drugs) the EU ambassador to the ...
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Why does the UK want to remove medicines from the scope of the Northern Ireland protocol?

I've read on the BBC that the UK is seeking to renegotiate the NI protocol with the EU (which is part of the Brexit deal). I can understand why the UK sees some of the provisions as burdensome, but I'...

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