Political Science Questions and Answers

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Political geography is different from political science in that it is a much more limited area of study. Political geography, like political science, is concerned with the study of politics....

Latest answer posted December 8, 2014 6:29 am UTC

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The most important power that Congress has must surely be the power to make laws. This is the most fundamental power in any system of government. Nothing can be more important than this power....

Latest answer posted February 11, 2013 1:47 am UTC

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Both Pluralism and Elitism are political theories that attempt to explain what factions hold the most sway in the democratic process. On one hand, pluralism attempts to explain democracy under...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 9:39 am UTC

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The best answer to this is “it depends.” Some individuals are clearly made less important by the committee system. However, others are made more important than they otherwise would have been. In...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2013 2:58 am UTC

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The academic study of government is extremely important. Back when I was in high school, I really disliked the government courses we were forced to take, however they are an important beginning to...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2014 7:04 pm UTC

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The governor of Texas is one of the least empowered executives of any state in the country. This is largely by design, as the drafters of the Texas Constitution were worried that a strong state...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020 8:46 pm UTC

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The term "attentive public" comes from the part of the field of political science that is concerned with public opinion. This subfield studies the way that public opinion is formed and its impact...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2011 5:26 am UTC

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This would be a very long answer, but I would say that one of the greater influences on my life has been capitalism. While I dislike many aspects of this economic system, American capitalism...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011 1:15 pm UTC

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Sovereignty refers to the power of a state to make and apply its own laws and to control its affairs without the interference of other states. The United States is a sovereign state, as it can make...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017 2:27 pm UTC

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The United States is a Republic where by its citizens participate in the governing process. The primary process is the citizens' right to vote, thus a representative democracy. The greatest most...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2011 1:09 pm UTC

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Madison answers this question most directly in Federalist No. 51, the essay where he addresses the system of checks and balances built into the Constitution. Madison tells his readers that in...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2017 6:29 pm UTC

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By far the largest branch of the federal government is the executive branch. Practically all federal employees work for the executive branch. The legislative branch and the judicial branch are...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2013 6:29 am UTC

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In answering this question, we have to be careful not to ask questions that would be more properly asked by economists or by sociologists. We have to ask questions that are mainly the concern of...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2015 4:23 am UTC

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They both have the effect of driving up public spending, which is why they're so controversial. Even politicians who rail against "big government" have no qualms about engaging in either or both of...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 5:06 am UTC

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A bill faces several obstacles to becoming a law, which is why most bills are not, in fact, enacted into legislation. Without tracing the familiar steps by which a bill becomes a law, the biggest...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019 4:51 pm UTC

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The role of the president in the early days of the country was quite limited. In many ways, the Constitution gave a great deal more power to the Congress, and even the president's means of checking...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2017 12:32 pm UTC

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If I define "political actions" to mean actual legislation and executive orders with regards to health care, it has been a busy few years. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 was...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2011 2:12 am UTC

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The economic system of a country often determines how it is governed. For example, the United States moved from the mixed economy of the mid-twentieth century, in which there was both a strong...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 2:09 pm UTC

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Liberalism, as the term is generally used within political science (its common language use in the United States is somewhat different), is a political ideology that envisions relaxed government...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2018 11:38 pm UTC

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What limitations there are on a democracy depend upon what democracy is being considered. Democracy can take many forms, and so can the limitations. The democracy with which I am most familiar is...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2015 11:03 pm UTC

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In American politics today, political parties have all the power. It is almost impossible to get anywhere on a larger level without belonging to one of the two parties. There is another reason to...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2011 9:50 pm UTC

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The most important land reform efforts in Japanese history occurred during the American occupation of Japan after WWII. Those reforms are usually said to have been beneficial, but they did bring...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2011 11:13 pm UTC

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This term is most commonly used to refer to the situation in which a political entity that has been at least relatively united splits up into smaller parts. This is, for example, something that...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2011 5:56 am UTC

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Money is so important in political campaigns because money reaches the voters. Not only does money pay advertising costs and staffing costs, it pays transportation and lodging and related cost so...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2011 9:34 am UTC

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The main difference between the three theories is how each of them perceive international relations. The realist views each state as being out for itself and power between states as a zero-sum...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2020 6:29 pm UTC

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In Texas, judges are selected via direct election instead of political appointment. This method is quite unusual in the United States of America, and it’s interesting to evaluate both the...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019 4:51 pm UTC

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In the British Parliament, the party that governs is, by convention, the one that can command majority support in the House of Commons. Once that majority is secured, the government is entitled to...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2018 3:29 pm UTC

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The premise of the incumbency effect is that there are advantages to being an incumbent which puts challengers at an automatic disadvantage. The effect suggests that "the incumbent always wins."...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2013 2:29 am UTC

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The essay "The Rise of the Washington Establishment" by Morris P. Fiorina is a deeply cynical, although troublingly realistic, look at the United States government's congressional establishment....

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020 4:20 pm UTC

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Political science studies political processes, institutions, and behavior to attempt to understand the political environment both in the present and historically. An approach to political science...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 2:23 pm UTC

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The Second Amendment of the Constitution states, A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed....

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020 3:35 am UTC

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Political science has been a field of study going back as far as the 5th Century BCE when Aristotle defined the term as the study of examining the function of the state. Aristotle considered...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2018 11:36 pm UTC

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What these parties have in common is a belief in the basics of the American system. Both believe in a capitalist economy and a democratic goverment with free electionss and civil rights and civil...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2011 10:48 pm UTC

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Article I section 8 of the Constitution invests Congress, among other things, with the sole authority to punish pirates. Also, somewhat bizarrely, it authorizes Congress to hire pirates to attack...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2018 10:37 am UTC

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A democracy is a system of government in which the power lies with the people. This system is good for promoting peace as the body politic is not likely to engage in a war in which members of it...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2016 7:59 pm UTC

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One advantage that could occur when one party controls both the Congress and the presidency is that is could be easier to get laws passed and signed. If one party has a majority in both the House...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018 3:32 pm UTC

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Part-time legislatures can improve representation by making legislators more in touch with the people they’re elected to represent. If legislators work part-time, so the argument runs, they will...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2020 10:51 am UTC

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The United States was not founded as a "direct democracy." On the contrary, Article I of the U.S. Constitution, which establishes a bicameral legislature, was intended to eliminate the notion that...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2015 2:33 am UTC

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Grassroots lobbying or indirect lobbying involves the mobilization of the general public to communicate their opinions to their representatives or the concerned party. Interest groups would choose...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2015 11:41 am UTC

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Politicians have always been able to take the pulse of their constituencies, and today's polling is a more refined extension of that ability. However, I share the concerns of #3, since results can...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2013 4:25 am UTC

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Pressure groups seek to influence policy or public bodies. Usually they arise as the result of a social movement. A pressure group is an organization which seeks as one of its functions to...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2015 6:59 am UTC

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First of all, I would point out that this quote is not definitively attributed to Franklin. For example, I have seen this quote attributed to Poor Richard's Almanack and it is certainly not...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2011 2:46 pm UTC

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I disagree with your hint. The answer to this question clearly is B. The duty of deploying troops is not part of the president's role as chief diplomat. Instead, deploying troops to places like...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2011 11:32 pm UTC

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Having spent over twenty years experiencing the frustrations involved in overseeing federal agencies and attempting to facilitate the enforcement of federal statutes, this educator can attest to...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2018 5:30 pm UTC

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If a bill originates in the House of Representatives, it is proposed by a representative. Then, the proposed legislation is sent to a committee; once the committee releases the legislation, the...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2017 2:46 pm UTC

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Dictatorships are efficient, in tat there is little to no opposition to major policies or legislation. Thee is no opposition, no long, drawn out debate or campaigns, and dissent is stifled. The...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011 4:35 pm UTC

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The National Organization for Women (NOW) targets all three branches of government to enact political change on issues that face women. The organization describes itself as a ". . . multi-issue,...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2018 4:20 am UTC

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Here's an interesting formula to think through your question: In a democracy, anything that is not forbidden is permitted. In an authoritarian system, anything that is not permitted is forbidden....

Latest answer posted October 23, 2013 1:40 pm UTC

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There is much to like in this statement. When "the people" as a whole make big decisions, they can do so in very short-sighted ways. For example, "the people" in the US today want lots of...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2011 6:10 am UTC

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In Reagan's "A Time for Choosing" speech, he lays out his major points for the government and economy, and the reasoning behind why people should follow more conservative fiscal policies. In the...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2019 3:00 pm UTC

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