Political Science Questions and Answers

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It's never been obsolete, but it has not always been very relevant either. The UN accomplishes more than many people give them credit for, especially in the example of successful peacekeeping...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011 1:17 pm UTC

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Political Science

An ideal society would have to have many more laws than we can list here. Of course, it would have to have laws that protected people's lives and their property. We would also have to have laws...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 9:58 am UTC

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This is part of the overall idea of checks and balances that is one of the major bases of our political system. The system was set up like this so that no part of the government would be...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2010 9:03 am UTC

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I assume that you are talking about the changes in voting procedures that happened during the Progressive Era. During this time, there were a few changes, mainly at the state and local level, that...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2011 5:10 am UTC

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What Francis Fukuyama was saying in this famous essay from 1989 is that there was no longer any competition between political ideologies the way that there had been for most of the course of...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2011 5:52 am UTC

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Based on what Reedy is saying here, he clearly sees things in the way that scholars who believed in the "imperial presidency" saw things. He believes that the power of the president is excessive,...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2012 2:01 pm UTC

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I would take this question and apply it to a different point in time. If we examine how alliances forged can be binding to nations and lead to war, I think that World War I would be a great...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2010 7:39 am UTC

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Some people would argue that the Founders were wrong about this because of the fact that the courts can have a great deal of impact on the laws. They would point to things like the decisions in...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2012 6:13 pm UTC

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Political Science

The term for this sort of a system of government is “unitary system.” A unitary system is a system in which there are no subdivisions of government that have powers to which they are entitled by...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2013 5:03 am UTC

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One of the first things that Napoleon Bonaparte did when he conquered a country was to have the newspapers put under his control. In this way, the newly conquered people would be told only of his...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2011 10:03 pm UTC

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The answer to this would depend in large part on how many seats were held by the one or two small parties other than the Republicans and the Democrats. If those parties held enough seats, the...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2011 4:06 am UTC

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You can also view the "nation" in an abstract manner, that which is made up of the will of the majority, is somewhat fluid and undefined, but as John Locke suggested in his Social Contract, the...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2011 11:52 am UTC

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Here is an analysis of the words and phrases in the Pledge of Allegiance. I—it is a personal pledge, taken by one's own free will. pledge—this means to make a promise or vow. allegiance—Allegiance...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 4:56 am UTC

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The "civics book" version of US government says that the judicial branch does not make laws. Instead, it simply interprets them. However, this view oversimplifies what the judicial branch does....

Latest answer posted July 25, 2012 8:42 pm UTC

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There are no “official” core purposes for government. That is, there is no set of things that everyone would agree are the purposes of government. Let us, however, look at two things that most...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2013 11:21 pm UTC

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I do not agree with this statement of elitism. There is very little evidence from history that leaving policy making to elites is a good idea. The passage that you give says that the mass of...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2011 1:35 pm UTC

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There are at least three reasons why we might argue such legislation is necessary. First, it can be seen as economically important. Pork barrel legislation brings real economic activity to various...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2012 10:27 pm UTC

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Political Science

As the first great materialist philosopher, Thomas Hobbes encouraged empiricism and political science. He challenged religious authority and favored an authoritarian state. His political philosophy...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2011 1:17 pm UTC

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It would be homogenizing to claim one meaning that all people ascribe to concepts such as freedom, justice, and democracy. However, one could consider the general common meanings that are often...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020 6:19 pm UTC

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Henry David Thoreau's 1849 essay Civil Disobedience argues that individuals have a duty to their principals and general concepts of ethics and should not allow themselves to be subject to...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2018 1:08 am UTC

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The image of the revolving door is used when talking about the relationship between interest groups and the government. It alludes to the fact that it is common for government officials to move...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2012 11:56 pm UTC

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Personally speaking, the biggest incentive that would motivate me would be if the interest group was based on an issue that I felt very strongly about and also could conceivably accomplish some...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2011 9:04 pm UTC

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American democracy has survived for centuries, and has endured great tests. That's a definite positive. I would also argue that our country is fairly stable and nonviolent. Despite the current...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 10:46 am UTC

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The Founding Fathers took the issue of accountability very seriously. Ultimately, elected officials are responsible to those they were elected to represent. Members of the U.S. House of...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2013 3:03 pm UTC

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#5 is basically correct about Marxism, but I will take it a step further: since Marxism, Communism, and Socialism are three related but very different ideaologies, each must have its own little...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2012 7:31 am UTC

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In describing the Iron Triangle, I think that the most important elements to include would represent different sides of the structure. There has to be a representation of the Executive branch, the...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2011 4:25 pm UTC

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Political Science

Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War is both a narrative of the events of the war and a political analysis of its causes and consequences. Throughout the History, Thucydides follows several...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2017 3:49 pm UTC

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There are minimal constraints on state legislatures’ ability to define congressional districts within their respective states. The sole provision in the United States Constitution addressing the...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2014 4:07 pm UTC

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Municipal governments in United States cities, counties, and towns operate on only a few different models. The "strong mayor" model is probably what most US citizens are familiar with, which is...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019 10:45 pm UTC

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The main idea of theories of international relations in general (as opposed to the main idea of each particular theory) is to explain the factors that impact international relations. There are...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2011 10:21 pm UTC

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I might propose an alternative approach to take in answering this question. I strongly suggest watching the 1976 film,Network. In it, there is a rant offered by newscaster Howard Beale which is...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2012 1:23 am UTC

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The ideological perspective that most closely conforms to these ideas is elitism. One definition of elitism is that it is a political ideology that holds that some people are better equipped to...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2011 6:17 am UTC

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I assume that you are asking about the graph of this name from the AP US Government and Politics exam from 2003. The two most important trends in this graph are A) the increase in the size of...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2012 3:30 am UTC

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I would say that as long as there is a risk of power being abused, the ethics of citizenship have to be practiced. I am not certain that there ever is a "safe" time when political power is...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2011 7:52 pm UTC

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Ancient Greece was a collection of city states with diverse systems of government. In general, however, several qualities can be ascribed to many of the Greek states. Many states, including...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019 10:08 pm UTC

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There are two main reasons why members of Congress would introduce legislation written in whole or in part by interest groups. One reason has to do with time and expertise. The other has to do...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2013 2:31 pm UTC

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Of the options that you have given us, the best choice is "parliamentary system." It is possible that this would be true of a constitutional republic, but it is not necessarily so. In a...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012 9:41 pm UTC

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In the British monarchy, there is no one person who holds the supreme power. Instead, the supreme power rests in the Parliament. Today, that effectively means that the House of Commons has the...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2012 1:27 pm UTC

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Throughout American history there has always existed a special relationship between the U.S and Latin America. Beginning with the Monroe doctrine (1823), which claimed the U.S, had a natural right...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2011 11:22 am UTC

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The concept of "capitalistic democracy" represents a duality, so the applicable characteristics will have a dual nature: there will two types of characteristics. The first set of characteristics...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2014 11:22 pm UTC

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The primary factor that led to the Federal Government having more power than the states was the failure of the Articles of Confederation Government. After the Declaration and during the...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2011 5:10 pm UTC

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First of all, please note that there are many different kinds of Congressional staff. When we hear the phrase “Congressional staff” we generally think of the people who work directly for a member...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2012 9:42 pm UTC

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Your question asks about the importance of registering to vote, and the answer is that it's imperative. In order to take advantage of one's right to vote (as well as to perform one's civic duty),...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010 12:20 pm UTC

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Perhaps a good corallary question is which system has the most egregious flaws to it. The concept of "government" incorporates more than election methods; one of the biggest problems of government...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2011 1:47 pm UTC

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I will begin with the contrasts or differences between the two forms of government. First, a monarchy is top-down: if we imagine a society as a pyramid, the monarch is at the very top....

Latest answer posted August 29, 2019 12:30 am UTC

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Since your question clearly specifies that you are asking about political liberalism, the best answer to this question is D. The only possible answers here are A and D. Robert Owen is best known...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2011 10:28 am UTC

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Political Science

Interest groups and political parties form what the important policy theorists Helen M. Ingram and Anne L. Schneider called, in their influential text Policy Design for Democracy, "intermediary...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2018 6:36 am UTC

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Of the choices given above, the one that is not a part of the President's Cabinet is B, the US Solicitor General. The Cabinet is made up of the heads of the various executive departments and of a...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2012 1:24 pm UTC

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I think the fact that an inspiring African-American became our president, and was elected so by the people of the United States, speaks volumes about our country's ability to combat racism only a...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2011 2:48 am UTC

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These two works are similar in that they are major works of political thought, but they are not really trying to address the same issue. Rousseau's work is trying to look at the bases for society...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2011 12:14 am UTC

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