91 Answered Questions for the topic Government
In a dictatorship supreme authority rests solely with the people
How does weaponized, manipulative language transform societal values for independence and impact personal identities?
If a mixed economy was not an option, would you rather live in a strictly free market (free enterprise) economy or a command economy?
Revolutions: which side does the nation's military join?
Historically, when there has been a notably significant revolution to overthrow the standing government, does the military typically defend the government or join the revolutionists?
Was the United States meant to be a confederation of states?
I read the Constitution, and, if I recall correctly, no members of the Federal government were to be elected by the common people according to the original documents. Governors, however, were... more
How is a budget surplus different from a negative GDP to debt percentage ratio, and does the latter automatically result in the former?
I understand the question may come across broad, I am new to government economics, but I am looking for a somewhat textbook answer. I hope you can make a rational guess, if the question seems odd,... more
What is the difference between the British concept of a county and the American concept of a county? (If any)?
Is it possible to create a single global government, economy and currency?
What is the real role of the queen in UK in these days?
What is the role in the government or social of this Queen in UK in these days?
Do federal agencies ever spend more than is appropriated?
I assume that most bank transfers in government are done by a fairly low level employee writing a check or transfer. What if an agency spends more than is allocated? Will their checks bounce? How... more
What's my change power in a democratic society?
How can I, even in a small way, can fight against politicians who vote for the growth of their own wage or even the corruption? It seems we're in a well organized society and that everybody is... more
Titles for US public figures?
It appears that it is customary in the US to continue to refer to prominent public figures by the title they previously held, e.g. President Obama, Secretary Clinton etc. I understand that this is... more
Are there countries where a group is elected instead of a single leader?
I mostly know about the French government and a couple of European ones. In all cases, you vote for a single leader (President, Prime minister, ...), which then forms his government by choosing... more
Can infrastructure building be sped up?
I was watching road construction and it seemed to me like adding more trucks wouldnt help the problem. The trucks were just backed up because only one could work on each lane. Adding more trucks in... more
How does a minority government work in the UK?
In light of the exit polling, it looks like the UK will have a hung Parliament. In the event that no coalition/working relationship deal is made, am I correct in thinking that the country is then... more
Why are US cabinet ministers called secretaries?
The members of the US cabinet are called secretaries. Why it is so? In what other countries besides the US and pre-WWII USSR ministers were called by a different word (in the USSR they were... more
What is the difference between a socialist, a democratic socialist and a social democrat?
What are the primary differences between socialism, democratic socialism and social democracy? Are they simply three branches of a the same ideology? Primarily in theory, but if you can give any... more
What is the importance and value of centralized government?
What can a centralized government do that an "uncentralized" government (like that of the United States under the Articles of Confederation) cannot do, concerning trade, taxes, defense, and the... more
How can the Senate remove the majority leader?
If the senate majority leader is refusing to do his job, can the other Senators vote to expel him or force a vote for new leadership?
Why aren't authoritarian governments overthrown sooner?
On my point of view is pretty simple to overthrow an authoritarian government. You just have to gather a lot of people in the smallest area possible (where the leader is located). Further actions... more
Can a United States President nominate a blood relative as Vice President?
Is it possible for an established democratic country to directly switch to a monarchy?
Say, a country has well-established democratic doctrines and principles. Is it **practically** possible for that country to directly switch to a monarchy? By practical, I mean the country must last... more
Why did monarchy become common practice after the fall of Rome?
Why did the government of most nations after the fall of Rome and the beginning of medieval age turn to monarchy? Before the fall of Rome most nations seem to be organized after different model... more
What instruments does the House of Representatives have to control the executive branch of government?
The US election is mostly over and the Democrats have gained a majority in the House of Representatives, while the Republicans have got a majority in the Senate. What political instruments (for... more
Do high-level US government officials who are fired receive any compensation?
With the recent terminations of individuals like Tillerson and McMaster, I was wondering if this is costing taxpayers money. Do fired officials get a pension, severance, or other financial... more