245 Answered Questions for the topic political science

Political Science Referendum Political Theory


Why aren't all matters referendable?

Recently there was a parliamentary decision in Portugal that approved a referendum to the co-adoption and adoption by homosexual couples (already allowed to marry). This is generating a scandal in... more
Political Science United States Supreme Court


Has the US Supreme court ever altered its own precedent on the same topic twice?

I know there have been a number of instances where the United States Supreme Court has basically 'changed its mind' and ruled in a manner counter to a previous Supreme Court ruling. The most... more
Political Science Political Theory


What's the difference between power inheritance in a Feudal Monarchy and property inheritance in the modern world?

We understand that monarchy and the right to rule is inherited. The descendant who inherited power has the right to rule the country. Take feudal China several centuries ago as an example, the King... more
Political Science Terminology Political Theory


How do these differ: Politics vs Political Science vs Political Philosophy vs Political Theory?

I've Googled several sources that compare two of these, but none that contrast all four:1. This [Reddit... more
Political Science English Vocabulary


Regarding Globalization

What is Globalization? How is Globalization made possible? What are the impacts of Globalization on communication?
Political Science


When was the Second Amendment last used to fight against the US government to protect people's freedom?

When was the Second Amendment last used to fight against the US government to protect people's freedom?


What is the difference between Communism and Anarchism?

Can anybody please explain me, in brief, the difference between Communists and Anarchists?


How does a shutdown end if an agreement is never reached?

The US government is shut down, due to disagreements between President and Congress on border security funding.Both sides are in an apparent stalemate. So my question is simply, what happens if... more
Political Science United States Europe Debt


Why is Greece's debt considered a problem but not US debt, which is much larger?

Greece's and other southern European countries' debt has been considered a problem since the 2008 crash, and austerity measures have been forced to the people.However the United States also have a... more
Political Science Taxes Economy Political Theory


What ethical (if any) or economical arguments are offered in defense of the inheritance tax?

Although I am normally quite supportive of higher taxation, I've never really felt comfortable with the inheritance tax. I see no reason why the government should tax the money a parent wishes to... more
Political Science Ideology Polling Political Theory


Are public opinion and expert views of ideological distances between political parties generally consistent?

This question is inspired by two papers I encountered, which came to the same conclusion using different sources to quantify the ideological distance between political parties in various countries:... more
Political Science Terminology Political Theory


What is the difference between negative rights and positive rights?

What's the difference between negative rights and positive rights? Can negative rights co-exist? Can positive rights co-exist? Can negative rights co-exist with positive rights?
Political Science United States Foreign Policy


Why is the U.S. foreign ministry called the "State Department"?

What is the reasoning behind the somewhat odd and awkward naming of the U.S. Foreign Ministry as "State Department"? I get the department being the American equivalent of ministry but in what way... more
Political Science United States Congress


Why does the U.S.A. have separate legislative houses?

Why does the US have separate houses (House of Representatives and Senate) to form congress?(Put another way, what is the reasoning behind a bicameral legislature in the USA?)


Why do the supreme court justices have a life term period?

The justices of the Supreme Court of the United States is composed by chief justices which have a life-term period on that position after they are "elected".I have always asked to myself why some... more
Political Science United States Supreme Court


Why is the debate on the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court so politicised?

Why is the debate on the composition of the United States Supreme Court so politicised?Many other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, European Union, and others, have... more
Political Science Economics Economic Development


How do companies or business contribute to economic development?

Political Science Political Theory


Why is populism seen as being negative or bad?

The definition that I found for populism is "support for the concerns of ordinary people". Democracy is form of government where the people rule by majority. If Democracy is considered to be... more
Political Science Taxes United States


Why the odd tax bracket intervals in the Senate Tax reform bill?

The US Senate's recently adopted tax plan calls for seven tax brackets. Ignoring for the moment the tax rates attached to each bracket, it seems strange that the taxable income range for bracket 5... more
Political Science United States President


Why don't US presidents run in other elections after their term ends?

As an example, Barack Obama is quite young (15 years younger than his successor) and was extremely popular. So why doesn't he run for a seat in the Senate? This would theoretically allow him to... more
Political Science Economics Economic Development


How can international trade influence economic development?

Political Science Military United States Europe


Why does the United States still keep substantial numbers of soldiers in Europe?

If I recall correctly, the US maintains about 30,000 men in Germany alone and thousands more in different European countries. I understand the need to project power and to rapidly deploy to any... more
Political Science


What's the purpose of politics?

What's the purpose of politics?
Political Science United States Independence


What would be required for states to split off and become their own nation?

What would need to happen for a state such as California or Texas to split off and form its own independent nation? Who would need to agree and what would need passing (bills etc.)?

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