Political Science Questions and Answers

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President Kennedy's statement affirms the idea that government can be an agent of solving problems within the economic and social configuration of the nation. His idea of "man-made problems" can...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2012 2:09 am UTC

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Political Science

In order to compose this, it seems like you are going to have to find a statement or an idea that links all of these revolutions together. Adopting a critical and analytic view of the history is...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2010 7:36 pm UTC

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Political Science

Technically speaking, there is very little in the way of differences in power between members of the House and of the Senate. Members of each house have one vote on every proposal that is put...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2012 8:18 pm UTC

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Political Science

The two competing theories of deterrence are different approaches to avoiding war between nations. The realist approach takes the idea that nations are going to do what's best for them. The realist...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 1:15 pm UTC

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Social movements in the United States have had mixed results. Ones that you have heard of typically have ended up having decent results, but many others have not. The most succesful social...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2010 12:12 pm UTC

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Political Science

A veto is defined by the US Senate Glossary as “the procedure established under the Constitution by which the president refuses to approve a bill or joint resolution and thus prevents its enactment...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 8:22 pm UTC

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Political Science

The Electoral College began as a response to a problem perceived by the Framers of the Constitution. This problem was fairly simple: How could voters make an informed decision about a national...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2018 2:53 pm UTC

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This question is one that was the basis of much philosophical thinking, especially in the Age of Enlightenment. Two of the major thinkers on this idea were Rousseau and Locke (see links). To both...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2011 6:54 am UTC

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Political Science

This depends on how you define "better able to represent." In one sense, legislatures are far and away better able to represent citizen interests because there are more legislators who can...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2011 1:47 am UTC

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Political Science

The Framers of the Constitution of the United States set the government up in this way because they did not want a government in which it would be easy for radical and perhaps oppressive changes to...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2013 2:33 am UTC

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Political Science

As Americans, we are granted a number of personal and political rights. Some of these are explicitly outlined in the Constitution; others are simply implied by that document. The best way to start...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2013 6:34 pm UTC

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Political Science

The process of reaching voters is a process that has two important steps. The first step is identifying which voters to contact while the second step is actually contacting those voters and...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2012 12:57 am UTC

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Political Science

Inventor, author and political essayist Benjamin Franklin famously said "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Of...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2019 4:12 am UTC

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Political Science

When the Constitution was being written, there were proposals that would have set up a plural executive. For example, the New Jersey plan proposed such an executive. I would argue that a plural...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2011 2:15 am UTC

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Political Science

First, let us look at some of the factors that account for the formation of our political attitudes. These include such things as race, income, gender, educational level, and religion. Next, we...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2011 1:41 pm UTC

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Political Science

Based on enumerated power, the legislative branch has the most power of any of the branches in our federal government. The Congress (which is clearly supposed to be the most important part of...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2012 12:09 am UTC

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Political Science

What Gaventa is trying to say about power is that it is much more than what we usually think it is. When we think about power, or when we look for evidence that someone has power, we usually look...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2011 3:12 am UTC

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Political Science

While being both the head of state and head of the government is very taxing and time consuming, I feel that they can continue to be held by the same person. The American President has historically...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2011 3:55 am UTC

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Utopian Socialism is by definition is misleading. It is more accurate to view this socialist concept as being "scientific." By analyzing the choices provided one can use the process of...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2011 7:16 pm UTC

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Political Science

This statement has been truer in the past than it is in today's more polarized atmosphere. However, the Senate typically can do this because of the more "collegial" atmosphere that is possible in...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2011 12:19 pm UTC

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Political Science

In the United States today, the political parties’ official platforms, written at the national conventions, mean very little or even nothing. These are not things that individual candidates must...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2013 6:40 am UTC

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Political Science

From the same letter: The specified powers vested in Congress, it is said, are sovereign powers, and that as such they carry with them an unlimited discretion as to the means of executing them. It...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 3:11 am UTC

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Political Science

The Environmental Protection Agency is an example of an independent executive agency. An independent executive agency is not a cabinet department, and the president has limited control in...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 1:49 am UTC

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Political Science

First, we must realize that there are many people who believe that judges should be elected. Judges are elected in many states. People who believe that judges should be elected generally do so...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2013 3:50 am UTC

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I think that, for the most part, it would so long as laws were written in such a way as to allow for some regional variation. I think that it would work fine but that people would never accept...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2011 8:30 am UTC

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Political Science

When we talk about “levels” of government in the United States, we are generally talking about the fact that we have a national government, state governments, and local governments. These are the...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2013 12:07 am UTC

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International institutions such as the United Nations weaken the nation-state by setting limits on what those nation-states can do.(Actually, it is better to use the term "state" in this context....

Latest answer posted September 26, 2012 11:24 pm UTC

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We are allowed 90 words and sometimes a bit more than that to answer subscriber questions, and eNotes policy does not allow us to submit entire assignments as this is a tutoring service. I will...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2011 10:08 pm UTC

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In theory, this would increase the president's control of the government. The president is the head of the executive branch and so an increase in the size of that branch ought to give the...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2012 11:48 am UTC

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The two ways to decrease the debt are to tax more or to have less government spending. Of course, a combination of the two could be used as well. Both of these ways of decreasing the debt have...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2012 9:05 pm UTC

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Political Science

The position of president pro tempore of the US Senate exists because the Constitution mandates it. The Constitution required that such a position would be created because the official president...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2012 9:56 pm UTC

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Political Science

There are many different varieties of nationalism, but in all forms the nation is defined to exclude as well as include. During the French Revolution, for example, aristocrats, senior clergy, and...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020 8:10 am UTC

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In the end, if one accepts that there is a "war on terror," I think that one has to rely on intelligence gathering methods and the substantiation of these channels becomes vitally important....

Latest answer posted November 23, 2011 9:51 pm UTC

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Party identification is affected by many demographic factors. Americans' choice of party is affected by such things as their race or their ethnicity. It is affected by whether they live in rural...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2011 4:54 am UTC

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Political Science

The major undemocratic aspects of our system that were included by the Framers of the Constitution are the nature of the judicial branch of the government , the way in which the president is...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2013 6:41 pm UTC

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The best societies, of course, are those that have all of these things. They should protect freedoms, treat their people equally, and have a great deal of political participation. If only one of...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2012 9:07 pm UTC

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Political Science

Public opinion is one of the most important things in a democratic system. In order for our democracy to work properly, government has to hear and pay attention to the voice of the people. In...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2013 8:17 pm UTC

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As with any other nation with political parties, the system of representation is based on affiliation with parties that support specific goals and ideas that specific Pakistanis support. For...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2011 6:44 pm UTC

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Political Science

Congress has subcommittees for the same reason that it has the larger committees. I would say that there are two main reasons. First, it is useful to have subcommittees to allow members of...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2010 11:10 am UTC

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This statement is one of the classic statements of realism in the field of international relations. What it tells us about the Athenians is that they were realists in terms of their international...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2012 3:03 am UTC

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Political Science

An appellate court is also known as a court of appeal. Aggrieved parties appeal to this higher court if they are unhappy with a lower court's decision. These courts are the second-highest in the...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019 11:52 am UTC

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I think that one of the most impartial web sites is factcheck.org, found at http://factcheck.org/ . This project is a product of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Its purpose is to look for...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2012 2:53 am UTC

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Depends on two things: what you define as "big", and what you expect your federal government to do. If you expect the government to administer your retirement and health care systems, then some...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011 5:32 am UTC

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The government of any country is the force that allows the country as a whole to exist and function. Government may be defined as being the political direction and control exercised over the...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2012 7:22 am UTC

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Political Science

If lobbying were abolished, there would be a number of consequences. In general, the power of interest groups would decline and the power of parties would rise. The system would, however, be...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2013 12:43 am UTC

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Political Science

Although this is not true for every single person, the most important agent of political socialization is the family. As children grow up, they come to understand what political opinions their...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2012 3:12 am UTC

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Political Science

The advantage of being a swing voter in an election is that you have much more of a chance to decide the election. For example, in our current system, people in many states have very little chance...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2012 4:46 pm UTC

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I think that one can point to several points of expansion since 1789. The most obvious way is through the addition of amendments. An additional 17 amendments have become a part of the...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2010 10:31 am UTC

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Political Science

The idea of cross-cutting cleavages is that most people in a democratic society have group loyalties or group identities that pull them different ways. In other words, most people have aspects of...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2010 11:42 am UTC

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Political Science

Political scientists argue that people make the decision on whether to vote on the basis of a cost/benefit analysis. They weigh the costs of voting with the benefits that they expect to get. If...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2013 9:52 pm UTC

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