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How can one check whether tax money is being effectively used by the government for improving a nation?

One begins by trying to come up with definitions of "effectively" and "improving" (to elaborate on Roger Vadim's excellent answer). Often "effectively" seems to translate ...
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How can one check whether tax money is being effectively used by the government for improving a nation?

In Australia we are given a tax receipt from the federal government that shows what our taxes were spent on. Breaking down where each of my personal tax dollars was spent. I guess what it is spent on ...
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How can one check whether tax money is being effectively used by the government for improving a nation?

Most countries have an institution that performs audits on the way government spends money, called for example Court of Audit, Board of Audit or Auditor-General. Normally, these institutions only have ...
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How can one check whether tax money is being effectively used by the government for improving a nation?

One cannot, because using money effectively or using money wisely are normative statements, which reflects one's subjective judgement about what is good for the country and its people. Thus, one can ...
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Why is the US listed as a "flawed democracy" in the Democracy Index?

the US has low scores in "Functioning of Government" (6.43) and also in "Political Culture" (6.25), but I don't understand those terms. Lack of Compromise Politics. This is what I ...
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Why is the US listed as a "flawed democracy" in the Democracy Index?

As noted here, some of the index is very arbitrary. The USA scores well for literacy and membership of political parties, but is still at 19% for women in the House, and doesn't score full points on ...
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Why is the US listed as a "flawed democracy" in the Democracy Index?

The Economist Intelligence Unit (a subsidiary of the Economist group best known for its publication) publishes its Democracy Index every year. It seems that the latest, 2021, requires registration, ...
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