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Sovereignty is perhaps the key concept in international law and international relations because it defines the entire way in which countries relate to one another and to international bodies like...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2012 1:39 am UTC

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A minister acts as the leader or director of various organizations within a parliamentary government. The parliament is divided into subgroups, with organizations that take care of specific areas...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2019 1:03 pm UTC

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You should probably pick some sort of area that is generally of interest to you. For example, if you care about things like the definition of human life and how that is in conflict with the needs...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012 2:47 am UTC

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There are generally said to be two broad ways in which interest groups affect Congress. These are known as the “inside game” and the “outside game.” In the outside game, interest groups use their...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2013 6:49 pm UTC

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A totalitarian government is a government with the power to dictate all aspects of a country. It has total control. So the word total is one word that can describe this system of governance. A...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 5:50 pm UTC

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The “Iron Triangle” model can be used to describe the relationship between Congress, bureaucracy, and special interest groups. With this model, government agencies and departments are in close...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018 7:57 pm UTC

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There are a number of informal checks and balances that Congress (or, more precisely, members of Congress) can use to check the executive. Let us look at two of these. First, Congress can check...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2013 10:59 pm UTC

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While some argue that the primary purpose of the European Union was economic, rather than political, such a conclusion can really only be reached by ignoring the entirety of post-World War II...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2015 1:36 am UTC

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The National Organization for Women (NOW) is a United States–based feminist organization that was founded in 1966. NOW was founded because leading feminists at the time, including renowned feminist...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2019 5:37 am UTC

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Uniquely, the state of Texas vests significant power in in its lieutenant governor, giving them unique legislative responsibilities. This is in significant contrast to lieutenant governors of other...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2020 10:42 am UTC

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You can say that iron triangles are a threat to democracy because they allow small groups of people to take control of government in a certain area. This prevents the population as a whole from...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2012 1:33 pm UTC

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The answer to this question really hinges on what we mean by "conservative" and "liberal" (particularly the latter). Other responses have noted some of the similarities between modern right-wing...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019 6:31 pm UTC

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It is likely that Congress would have had much less power to govern if the elastic clause had not been included in the Constitution. It is possible that the Supreme Court would still have...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2013 1:18 pm UTC

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The government of the United States of America plays a very prominent role in regulating the activities of oligopolies, mainly through the enforcement of antitrust laws. These laws largely began...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2017 1:48 am UTC

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Since the dawn of America, the political groups of Conservative and Liberal have both made some drastic changes. What is interesting is how different classical liberalism is from its descendant,...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2019 7:54 pm UTC

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Low voter turnout rates indicate one of several things: people are unable to be informed and to participate due to health, over-work, interest or other reasons; people do not have the capacity to...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 8:48 am UTC

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Political courage is a relative term. Political courage happens when a politician does what he/she believes is the right thing even though it could be politically damaging. One such act is when...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019 1:32 pm UTC

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There are numerous reasons why Congress has become partisan. In addition to the lack of cross-aisle personal relationships and an increasingly polarized American populace, though, is the fact that...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018 5:28 am UTC

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Of the options given here, the correct answer is A. Amtrak is a corporation that is owned by the United States government. A government owned corporation is one that is set up and funded by the...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2012 1:31 pm UTC

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I agree with the above post. Who else should be able to do it? And in the end, we shouldn't blame Congress for overspending, as we in the public are the ones who have elected each and every...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2011 6:10 pm UTC

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It is difficult to eliminate pork barrel spending for two main reasons. First, many people have strong incentives to support pork barrel spending. Second, essentially no one has strong incentives...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2012 10:22 pm UTC

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Like post #4, I place the highest importance on intelligence, but would actually use the word "wisdom" instead. Any leader, but especially the Commander in Chief of the United States, needs to be...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2013 1:57 am UTC

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Interest groups of all kinds use a number of different tactics to influence elections and, thereby, get candidates that will advance their interests into government. Let us look at a few important...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2018 1:02 pm UTC

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The most important reason for the proliferation of interest groups in the United States is the fact that the government is involved in so many areas of our lives. Interest groups form so that they...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2012 11:40 pm UTC

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The best answer to this question is C. Political action committees, or PACs, give mostly to incumbents who are seeking reelection. This may, however, be changing. In the past, PACs have preferred...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2013 2:36 pm UTC

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In general, a bill goes through the following stages before it becomes a law (we are assuming that it completes all of the stages and does in fact become law). The bill is introduced. This is...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2012 11:57 pm UTC

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According to Bull, order exists in world politics. Order is maintained by the actions of independent states that act in their interests. As long as no one interferes with the internal affairs of a...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018 3:44 am UTC

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The national security dilemma of the last twenty years has been dominated by the war on terrorism. This "war" began after the September 11 attacks on the United States. The war on terrorism is the...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2019 8:58 pm UTC

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Since you originally had this question under US government, I will assume you are asking about the chief executives of the governments of the 50 states. If so, the head of each state's executive...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2012 4:17 am UTC

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First, we must distinguish between “right” and “power.” Mere force cannot give someone the right to rule a country. It can give them the power to do so, but not the right. Therefore, what we are...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2012 1:40 pm UTC

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These are terms that have to do with the attitudes that people hold towards wars or military interventions in general (or towards specific cases in which the US is involved militarily in some other...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2011 8:55 am UTC

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The media is sometimes called the "fourth estate" of American government. In a democracy, where the people choose their representatives supposedly based on their positions on important issues, the...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2017 2:58 am UTC

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The purpose of a conference committee is to iron out the differences between bills that are passed by the two Houses of Congress. The United States Congress is, of course, made up of two Houses....

Latest answer posted October 7, 2013 1:20 am UTC

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In terms of realism, the League failed because states always act in their own self-interest, no matter the ruling from an independent body. After the turmoil of WWI, many of the Western powers in...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2020 10:38 am UTC

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When we elect state judges, we increase one aspect of democracy and decrease another. When most people think about democracy, they think about the aspect that political scientists refer to as...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2013 3:52 am UTC

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There are two main driving factors behind the expansion of presidential powers. If we examine times in which presidential power expands, we notice that it often happens in trying times for the...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2018 6:25 pm UTC

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There are a few things that could be done that might eliminate iron triangles, but none of them is likely to be politically acceptable and some would probably be found illegal by the courts. One...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2011 10:33 am UTC

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Post-behaviouralism arose in response to behaviouralism, with its emphasis on quantitative, value-free research, the kind of research that seems to take place in a vacuum, without any incorporation...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2015 4:47 pm UTC

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It would be a good idea for you to look in your textbook or in your lecture notes for this answer. The reason for this is that “electorate” is a term that can be used in many ways, depending on...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2013 3:08 am UTC

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I assume that you are asking about the social/political system known as the patron-client system. In such a system, social and political systems are bound together by very personal ties between...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2011 2:21 pm UTC

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There are major differences between the two legislative bodies, even though they seem similar. I find it fascinating that Canada has been ruled in one form or another by French and British...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2012 2:59 pm UTC

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There are two possible ways in which to interpret this question. First, we can look at it in terms of the mechanics of voting. There are three ways in which the votes of the members of either...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2012 1:40 am UTC

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Party leaders prefer the convention system simply because it gives them more power over who their party nominates to run for a given political office. That makes them more important and gives them...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2013 6:54 pm UTC

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The National Organization for Women is a group that was created in 1966 with the purpose of focusing on women's issues such as equal rights, equal pay, and reproductive freedom. To achieve the...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016 7:16 pm UTC

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The positive aspect of the influence or role of special interest groups in democratic political systems is the opportunity such groups or organizations provide in influencing governmental policies...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2015 9:16 pm UTC

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In general, it is somewhat difficult to argue that the institution of the presidency is undemocratic. After all, the president is elected by the people and cannot simply make laws by himself....

Latest answer posted February 2, 2011 4:02 pm UTC

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There are many “unwritten customs” that affect the way that government is conducted but which are not explicitly written into the Constitution. Let us look at two of them. The cabinet. The...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2012 4:38 am UTC

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Of these, the best answer is cloture, though depending on what your teacher or text means by "new Senate rules" it could be that as well. Before 1917, the filibuster was extremely powerful because...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2011 10:21 pm UTC

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One thing that we must not ignore is the voting system that we have in the United States. Our use of the "winner-take-all" system of elections that we use. In many other countries, a system called...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2011 10:29 am UTC

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The answer to this question is really a matter of extent. Formal amendments are actual amendments to the Constitution itself. They can be initiated by either a two-thirds vote in each house of...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2018 3:52 pm UTC

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