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Why are “the rich” more able to identify the party which represent their interests than “the poor”? Mostly, because your assumption is just that, an assumption, and is an incorrect one at that. I won't go down the rabbit hole of disputing your Marx-influenced class based assumption that somehow, left wing parties[1] represent interests of "the poor" ...


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There are so many false assumptions in your question. But one that wasn't addressed by the other answers is this: There are a lot of people who vote based on their moral principles. Whether rich or poor, one can believe that the proper role of government is to help to poor. Or one can believe that charity should not be compelled by law. One can believe that ...


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I'd say anyone who tells you they have "scientific" information on media bias isn't being objective. But it is entirely possible to present a "systematic" information on media bias, and at least one online source with that goal is https://mediabiasfactcheck.com. They have an explicit methodology, which says: When determining bias, there isn’t any ...


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TL;DR No. Roads do not lead sustainably to less traffic jams. In the extreme short term they can do but it can be disastrous for the rest of the traffic network and they increase congestion in the long term through induced demand. Almost all peer-reviewed studies about actual traffic networks across the world in every continent reach the same conclusions. ...


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Your question fails to take into account that not everyone is concerned with how taxation affects them. I can comfortably say that because I don't make that much in the grand scheme of things taxation policy has to swing pretty wildly to make much of a difference for me to care. I am generally left leaning, but not because of my strong opinions on fiscal ...


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I'll take you through a Thought Experiment to show why this isn't really possible. Imagine you were trying to judge whether networks A, B, and C were 'biased' on the coverage of, say, "Should the US offer aid to the rebels of [country name]?" So, you might think, well, they should have facts from all sides. Present all the facts. Have people on to ...


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If you looking in the USA, the source of data would ultimately come from legally required campaign finance and financial disclosures filed with the FEC (Federal Elections Commission). FEC: Campaign Finance Data FEC: Campaign Finance Disclosure Search However, things get murkier with assorted PACS, "dark money" and third party "independent" expenditures. ...


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Many studies have been conducted to test exactly this question. This study from 2012 asked participants 4 factual questions about international events, and 5 questions about domestic ones (questions like "It took a long time to get the final results of the Iowa caucuses for Republican candidates. In the end, who was declared the winner?") Nobody did very ...


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From the viewpoint of someone born into a sub-working class family (my grandfather died in his early thirties leaving his family in Dickensian poverty), I would observe that “working class” is not an intrinsic human characteristic. But the “working” aspect is real. I worked my way through seven years of trade schools (engineering and law) to gain middle ...


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What is the opposite of populism? Elitism Merriam-Webster's definition of populist (1): 2) a believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people So the opposite would be a non-believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people. Which sounds a lot like elitism 1) leadership or rule by an elite (1) The first definition is "...


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One contender is technocratic, as in technocratic left. A technocracy is characterized by expert leadership, which values long-term well-being of the country over short-term popularity. If you look at the least populist leaders in the diagram, you'll find Merkel and Macron. They are indeed often described as technocratic leaders.


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PoloHoleSet's answer covers the federal level. Below that, individual states usually have their own organizations for tracking this data and making it available. They will often track this kind of data for publicly elected officials at the state level and below, such as counties and cities. An example is the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission....


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Brexit is a more defined example of this phenom, but it's pretty true with any vote. Most elected officials have multiple year terms (given a mandate for multiple years) and the electorate that put that official in is not the same as the electorate at the end of the term (a 17 year old doesn't get to vote, and the next chance he/she will have 4 years later ...


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Very interesting, yet very complex question, to discuss in a few lines. First of all, need to clarify the subject a bit. Every political party is nothing but a mirror of the class it represents. Thus, political parties function as agents of the interests of the social group or class they come from, as Gramsci has pointed out. “Although every party is the ...


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No. I spent a lot of time in political theory courses, including some time spent with original Greek texts. However, never once did I hear of anything called a "cryptarchy" or any philosopher espousing a kind of secret government. Personal observation is weak, so here are a few other things to consider: Google NGram Viewer can search Google Books for ...


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According to CATO (page 5), the "State-Level Expenditures" of marijuana prohibition in the US was $5,386,753,000 annually, as of 2008, a figure encompassing judicial, incarceration, treatment, and other costs. On the federal level specifically, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission's 2018 numbers, there were 2,118 federal inmates incarcerated for ...


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Trump actually names the source for this statistic: If you go to Fusion, you will see a story: About 80% of the women coming in, you know who owns Fusion? Univision! Go to Fusion and pick up the stories on rape. The Fusion article is available online and explains where the number comes from: A staggering 80 percent of Central American girls and women ...


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Yes and No Many answers already cover part of this, so i won't enter in detail in the data. This answer covers how one does reduce traffic jams with more roads/lanes, with an efficient design and better infrastructure. Scientific papers prove that more lanes and more highways create induced demand, both by creating a faster and personal alternative to ...


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Republicans are likely to have won the popular vote in the House elections this year. This article by USA Today states that: Republicans captured the majority of the "popular vote" for the House on Election Day, collecting about 56.3 million votes while Democrats got about 53.2 million, according to USA TODAY calculations. With a few races still ...


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Triggered by the somewhat arbitrary selection of countries in the OECD graph in Bobson's answer, I found that data are easily available for much more countries than just the OECD countries. Summary: there is some positive correlation between tax : GDP ratio and happiness score, but the correlation is too low to allow meaningful conclusions about happiness ...


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The BBC wrote an article on this recently, the first line reads: Russian President Vladimir Putin has a bubble of spoofed GPS signals projected around him when he visits sensitive locations, a study suggests. The BBC article links to this report titled Above us only stars exposing GPS Spoofing in Russia and Syria. The authors have also published a more ...


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Along the lines of the excellent answer from Burt_Harris, you might be interested in Ad Fontes Media They rank a wide array of news (... and, not-really-news) sites. The reason I reference the answer from Burt_Harris is because I agree that it's difficult to have a strictly scientific approach to this, but Ad Fontes Media has a systematic approach, meant ...


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Here's a Google Sheet by Britain Elects. It includes: Constituency, Nation, Region 2015 winner, 2017 winner Share +/- from 2015 Unfortunately, it doesn't have the no. of eligible voters.


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The very definition of legitimacy is a contentious subject (Lee, 2012). There are recent studies regarding legitimacy in a more modern context (a more globalized world) and to consider the differences between domestic and international law but the authors often comment on the difficulty of the task (Adams, 2017). As standardly conceived, legitimacy is the ...


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This question appears a bit too broad, so my answer will be brief since I don't want to get into the details of each possible interpretation of "level of dissatisfaction with the political situation". Basically if "level of dissatisfaction with the political situation" means "legitimacy deficit", or "dissatisfaction with ...


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I think Sjoerd's suggestion of elitist is the literally correct answer, but we can try to make it more specific, by asking which elite this refers to. One possible answer (given by MSalters) is that it is the technocratic elite. This leads me to suggest the perhaps almost synonymous term meritocratic. Perhaps the following concise definitions are not too ...


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From page 5 of House of Commons Library Briefing Paper, Number 01663 (Dec 2016), on Short Money: Allocations throughout a Parliament are based on the results of the previous General Election. Quoting from the 1999 resolution which currently governs the system (p37 of the paper): (a) There are at that time at least two Members of the House who are ...


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Populism as used in anglophone media discourse is vacuous. It has been used to describe movements of right-wing workers with reactionary politics that have been hegemonised by right-wing elites. (US tea party). It has not been applied to centrist (greens) or left-wing movements (“blockade” type politics, the Tarkine, Montreal, S11 etc.) despite mass working-...


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Yes, the recommendations were released today, April 3rd, on cdc.gov. [...] In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. [...] The cloth face ...


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Speaking of Socrates, lets look at Athens to see how demagoguery gets started. Athens was originally governed by a relatively small group of rich nobles. These nobles are also Athens' best-equipped warriors, who provide their own weapons. This group was small enough that they mostly all knew each other personally, and their meetings could be fairly orderly;...


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