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Law and Politics

What are the four types of government (oligarchy, aristocracy, monarchy, democracy)?

Aristocracy, oligarchy, monarchy, and democracy are old concepts of government which can be traced back to Ancient Greece. Aristocracy is "rule by the best," and the concept comes from Plato's...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 9:08 am UTC

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What are 3 roles of the executive branch?

The president is the most powerful public official in the U.S. The U.S. Constitution is the basis of the president's power. The President's main job is to execute the laws passed by Congress....

Latest answer posted October 4, 2009 6:43 am UTC

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What is the difference between unitary and federal systems?

Put simply, the difference between a unitary and a federal government is that a unitary government puts its power in one central government while in a federal system the governing power is divided...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2015 6:34 pm UTC

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What are the 5 most important rights provided to citizens in a democratic state (captions and brief descriptions may...

Within a democratic society, five important rights correspond to those that are listed in the Bill of Rights, or the first ten amendments to the US Constitution. The First Amendment includes five...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020 7:04 pm UTC

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What are the main similarities between democracy and monarchy?

There are more differences than similarities. A monarchy relies on the rule of one person, while a democracy rules through a consensus of the people. Even with this difference, there are some...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2018 9:09 pm UTC

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What are the similarities and differences between a state government and a regime?

As other Educators have pointed out, the differences and similarities between a regime and a state government are minute. In a sense, a state government can be a regime and a regime can be a state...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2020 2:59 pm UTC

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What are the similarities between Democrats and Republicans?

In the present (as of 11/6/2019) political climate, with a Democratic House of Representatives getting ready to impeach a Republican president, this is a particularly difficult question to answer....

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 8:48 am UTC

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What are the similarities between monarchy and dictatorship?

A key similarity between a monarchy and a dictatorship is that both of these types of government have one single head of state. In a monarchy, the head of state is a king or queen, but, in a...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2017 2:43 pm UTC

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How does the government protect the rights of its citizens?

There are many things the government can do to protect the rights of its citizens. One thing the government can do is to guarantee these rights in a written document such as the Constitution. The...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 8:41 pm UTC

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Why and how does cultural relativism mitigate ethnocentrism? Is cultural relativism desirable? 

"Cultural relativism" can mean several different things, and much of the debate over its desirability can be traced to this ambiguity. Descriptive cultural relativism is basically undeniable:...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2016 9:03 pm UTC

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What are some positives/advantages of corporal punishment? Corporal punishment may be divided into three main types:...

In "Talboys," the last of Dorothy L. Sayers's stories to feature Lord Peter Wimsey, Lord Peter beats his young son for stealing apples from a neighbor's orchard, much to the horror of a progressive...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2020 11:07 am UTC

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What are the organs of government (legislative, executive, and judiciary)?

The three main branches/organs of government are the legislative, executive, and judiciary. Very simply, the legislative branch makes the laws, the executive enforces the laws, and the judiciary...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2018 4:54 pm UTC

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What is the importance of law?

Law governs much of what everyone does, day in and day out. It tell us what our rights and duties are. It allows us to assert rights that we have. It lets us know the consequences of not doing...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2015 3:17 pm UTC

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What are the three parts of the Constitution?  

The Constitution of the United States is organized in such a way that it establishes the document's ultimate purpose, as set out in the preamble: the structure of the Federal government and how the...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020 12:28 pm UTC

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How Can Supreme Court Decisions Be Overturned

There are three major ways in which a Supreme Court decision can be overturned. If the decision is based on a law that Congress has passed, Congress can simply change the law. The Court sometimes...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2012 6:31 am UTC

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What are the 4 essential elements of a contract?

I think that you will need to look at your own book to get whatever your book's author says are the four essential elements of a contract. This is because different authorities hold that there are...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2010 2:25 am UTC

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Why is the Executive Branch the strongest branch?

The government of the United States has three branches: the Legislative Branch (which consists of the Senate and House of Representatives), the Judicial Branch (which consists of the Supreme Court...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 2:18 am UTC

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List and explain the three operational styles of policing as identified by James Q. Wilson. How do these styles...

In this answer, I will list and discuss Wilson’s three policing styles. Since I am not taking your course and since I do not know how you saw policing, I cannot answer the rest of the question for...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2015 3:41 pm UTC

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What are the differences between natural law and positive law?

The essential difference between natural and positive law can be summed-up by a brief examination of Sir Leslie Stephen's famous remark in The Science of Ethics: If a legislature decided that all...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 7:37 pm UTC

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In which areas do you think people's rights and liberties are at risk of government intrusion? What solutions would...

There is a certain level of privacy that is bordering on being infringed upon with government intervention. Access to the internet, phone lines, and travel is monitored so closely that the...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 7:38 pm UTC

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What's the difference between rules and law?

In general, there is not a great deal of difference between these. For example, some dictionary definitions of "law" say that it is a set of rules. There are, however, some differences. The term...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2011 10:42 pm UTC

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What is the difference between treating people equally and fairly?

When you are talking about the difference between Equality and Fairness, what you are really talking about is Equality vs. Equity. Fairness is a relative term that is defined by the individual,...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2015 4:25 pm UTC

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Which branch of government impeaches the President?   

In the American system of government, Congress is responsible for impeaching a president. Article 1 of the Constitution authorizes the House of Representatives to bring charges against a sitting...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2018 6:09 am UTC

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What are the pros and cons of being a probation officer?

Probation officers serve a very necessary function in society. The probation officer monitors people who require court-ordered supervision. People sometimes commit crimes that require some...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 5:53 pm UTC

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What are the pros and cons of electing judges?

There are certainly pros and cons electing judges by popular ballot. In fact, thirty-nine of the fifty US states hold elections for judges. Let's look at some of the common arguments on both sides...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020 1:43 am UTC

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What are five reasons to support the death penalty?

1). Some crimes are so serious that only the death penalty will suffice. Violent and sexual crimes against children, for example. Those who commit such heinous acts will always represent a danger...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2019 6:25 am UTC

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How is an executive order different from a law?

Another difference between executive orders and laws is that some executive orders aren't required to be published by the presidents who wrote them. These types of executive orders are called...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2017 1:36 pm UTC

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What are the strengths and weakness of the legislative branch?

The major strength of the legislative branch is that it is the branch that actually has the right and the power to make laws. In the national government, this is the Congress. The Constitution...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015 9:42 pm UTC

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What are the similarities between communism and democracy?

There are many elements of overlap and similarity between democracy and communism, as well as some fundamental differences. The idea of popular self-governance and little or no division between the...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2019 1:33 am UTC

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Are Supreme Court Justices allowed to vote in presidential elections?

As citizens of the United States, by birthright or naturalization, Supreme Court justices most certainly have the right to vote in any local, state, or national election. Before ratification of the...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018 2:34 pm UTC

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I heard that it is illegal for a teacher to not allow their student to use the restroom. Is this true?

While there is no actual law that I know of specifically stating that it is illegal for a teacher to prevent a student from using the bathroom, it is not that straightforward. A teacher, and the...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 5:56 am UTC

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Is it ever okay to break the law? Is it ever okay to break the law?

The word ok seems to imply a moral question. I do think there are cases where you have to break the law in order to make a moral decision. You have to have a higher conscience. The law cannot...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2012 4:45 am UTC

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What did the phrase "parchment barriers" mean?

The phrase “parchment barriers” is one that was used by James Madison in Federalist #48. He is using it to denigrate the efficacy of written guarantees of rights. He is saying that they are only...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2013 5:03 pm UTC

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Which branch of government at the national level is most important, in your opinion?

I believe that though it was not intended to be this way by our founding fathers, the judicial branch is the most important because of its power. While our nation was founded on the principle of a...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2010 9:41 am UTC

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Which branch of government has the power of impeachment?

The power to impeach a civil officer of the United States is vested in the legislative branch. More specifically, however, it is vested in the House of Representatives and is part of a two-part...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2018 5:48 pm UTC

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What are the six sources of law?

Case or Common law is a source of law that originated in England and refers to laws made by judges in the form of precedents. Rulings and decisions made by courts become binding across the...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 9:34 am UTC

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What are the duties and responsibilities of each branch of government? 

The government of the US is divided into three branches: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. Congress is the legislative branch, and it is bicameral: its two components are the House...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2019 1:22 am UTC

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Please list 10 qualities which you believe are the most important for a prime mininster and why?

The following are not in order of importance: A) Ability to connect with constituents- All great leaders in history have had a penchant for being able to connect with their citizens. Leaders who...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2009 11:55 am UTC

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Do you think it is important to know both sides of the story? Why?

Without knowing both sides of a story, you cannot make a fair comment on that story or pass a fair judgment. This is one of the first things that students in journalism school are taught. It's also...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2018 11:20 am UTC

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How many supreme court justices have died in office?

Until last week, the answer to this question would have been 34. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia makes the 35th Justice to pass away while actively serving on the court, and only the second...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 9:24 pm UTC

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What kind of system of government is Nigeria operating with? Because I think the presidential system they are...

Nigeria is a federal democratic republic with a presidential system of government. In a federal state, the primary political subdivision has a constitutional character independent of the central...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019 9:30 am UTC

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Please elaborate on Federalism vs Confederalism.

Federalism refers to a system of government in which power is split between the national or federal government and state or regional governments, with the national government having more power over...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2017 10:38 am UTC

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What should be the roles of citizens in creating public policy?

In democracies, citizens are accorded an opportunity to influence public policy through active participation in the public decision-making process. It is important to involve citizens in public...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2017 1:20 pm UTC

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Discuss the five principles of Robert Dahl's traditional democratic theory.

Dahl's five principles can be found in his work Democracy and Its Critics. According to Dahl, this ideal democracy does not exist anywhere. The first principle is all citizens must have equal...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020 11:27 pm UTC

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What are the similarities between monarchy and democracy? 

The similarities between monarchy and democracy depend upon the monarchy and the democracy in question. If you want to talk about the similarities between America’s current democracy and monarchies...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2020 3:07 pm UTC

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Why is it important to have laws that prevent discrimination? 

Anti-discrimination laws protect certain groups today and all of humans in the future. The importance of these laws cannot be understated. Without them, anyone, at anytime, may decide to...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2015 5:26 pm UTC

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What is the difference between a state and a government?

A state is a political corporation, an association of people or other units who have organized together for mutual benefit. A government is the entity responsible for ruling a state (or a political...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018 7:49 am UTC

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What rhetorical devices did John F. Kennedy use in his inaugural speech?

In his inaugural address, given on January 20, 1961, Kennedy most famously used the rhetorical device of chiasmus, which is a fancy way of saying that a phrase is inverted when it is repeated. When...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016 3:57 pm UTC

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What are the differences between a "status offense" and "juvenile delinquency"?

Status offenses and juvenile delinquency are both law violations committed by a minor. A status offense is something that somebody underage has done that is only illegal because of their status as...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2019 3:59 pm UTC

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The powers of the Constitution that are specifically granted to the branches of government or to office holders are...

The vice president of the United States has almost no expressed powers given to him (or someday her) by the Constitution of the United States. The office is only mentioned eight times in the...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2015 1:32 am UTC

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