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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

This is more of a frame challenge than a direct answer, but I think your question touches on a common misconception about lobbying. When you see a report that Vandelay Industries spent $17M lobbying ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

Probably Not Problems with Alternatives I definitely recommend watching the video Why Political Lobbying is Allowed & Encouraged. Like in o.m.'s answer, he mentions some of the problems with ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

Money is not enough Politicians don't need only money, they need visibility, they need attention by the media and most of the media is controlled by financial institutions, edge funds and corporations....
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

Because of the problems of differentiating between "good" and "bad" lobbiysm, regulating based upon such differentiations and having the government basically police itself, which ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

Nobody have mentioned Citizen United yet even though USA was mentioned in the question. Other countries don't consider campaign money "Freedom of speech" and specifically for USA then ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

The short answer is: There aren't any successful policies against lobbying (in general) in a functional representative democracy. Lobbying is quite literally just people trying to influence their ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

Money and Power Will Always Find Each Other Lobbyists petition the legislature for favors. As long as the cost of lobbying for these favors is less than the value of these favors, they'll have their ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

There are a few policies mostly based on transparency that reduce lobbying somewhat and make it harder but they all restrict some freedom or force politicians to make information public that would ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

First, a bit of math re. your $100 per person. Assuming 170m (number of registered US voters) x $100, you get $17B out of it. Lotsa money, for sure, except that 2020 POTUS elections cost $14B, so ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

Define good lobbying and bad lobbying. That's a major challenge. You don't want a paid lobbyist for big oil or the arms industry to visit representatives and grease their palms, but you you do want ...
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What are the possible solutions for a "stupid people in large numbers" situation in a democracy?

There is no solution because there is no problem. Democracy is not a fact-finding exercise. It's a consensus finding exercise. Consensus opinions can be wrong, but so can any curated opinion. That'...
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What are the possible solutions for a "stupid people in large numbers" situation in a democracy?

If the majority of the population is stupid it means that there is a serious problem in the culture and educational structure. In this case the stupidity would be widespread at every level and it ...
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What are the possible solutions for a "stupid people in large numbers" situation in a democracy?

First off, the problem isn't 'stupid' people (a term I put in scare-quotes because it is not well-defined). The problem is thoughtless, reactive people: people who let their gut instincts and base ...
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What are the possible solutions for a "stupid people in large numbers" situation in a democracy?

Is this the biggest disadvantage of democracy? Or are there other bigger ones? Any answer to that would be opinion-based / subjective. Indeed, for those who prefer to live in a monarchy/authoritative ...
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What are the possible solutions for a "stupid people in large numbers" situation in a democracy?

I think that the conventional answer would be that compulsory schooling should ensure that all citizens are sufficiently well educated to participate fully in the democratic process.
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How can a direct democracy, like Rojava, protect minorities from pure majoritarianism?

In a sufficiently diverse nation, every group of people, by itself, is a minority, and therefore fears a majority trampling all over them. But this means the minorities have a shared goal that ...
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How can a direct democracy, like Rojava, protect minorities from pure majoritarianism?

Certainly belongs in Se.Po, it's a core concern of politics, IMO. In a mature democracy, not necessarily including, but not excluding either, one like Rojava, evolving under the stress of a warzone, ...
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How can a direct democracy, like Rojava, protect minorities from pure majoritarianism?

Minorities, and any organizations that aim to protect them, need to invest heavily in media and political technology to prevent anti-minority laws from being passed to vote. This should be possible ...
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How is voting by expatriates justified?

Expatriates are people who left their country of citizenship voluntarily for personal reasons (or children of such people). Voluntarily is not necessarily the case - many people leave their country ...
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How is voting by expatriates justified?

There are several reasons why a country would allow overseas citizens to vote: Constitutional requirement: Some countries are required by their constitution to extend voting rights to all citizens. ...
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What is the basis on which expats are allowed to vote in their home countries?

Good question but also fairly hard to answer entirely conclusively - i.e. your points against are fairly solid. A nationality's primary benefit/distinguishing characteristic is the right to vote in ...
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