As of 2014, countries that have a one-party system include the three communist states of North Korea, China and Korea, as well as Iraq. In the 20th century, one of the most prominent examples of a state with a one-party system was the Soviet Union. A common feature that is shared in countries with one-party systems is the banning of political opposition by law.
In a single-party state, the local constitution is commonly worded to ban the transfer of a power from the ruling party to another party by limiting either legal existence or participatory ability in elections and decision-making. The justification of the existence of single-party states most typically relates to national unity and a legitimization of the party's continued dominance of power by connecting their presence as part of the will of the people.
In the 20th and 21st centuries, a large portion of single-party states were established following the Marxism-Leninism ideology. Exceptions include Nazi Germany and Italy under Mussolini, which followed a fascist dogma. Some other single-party states that emerged after World War II originated from former colonies in which the ruling party played a major or complete role in achieving independence, such as Cameroon and Indonesia, though the period of single-party rule in these countries were generally brief.Learn More
A political interest group comprises individuals who work together to spread the word about their particular political view. These groups can be established as either private or public and used to lobby legislation or help to get a particular individual elected to office.Full Answer >
As of 2014, Rand Paul is a junior United States Senator for the state of Kentucky who was elected in 2010 and has remained in office since 2011. In the Senate, Senator Paul serves on the Foreign Relations, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and Small Business Committees.Full Answer >
As of 2014, Sarah Palin lives in Wasilla, Alaska, where her family home has been since the early 1990s. Wasilla is a bedroom community less than an hour's drive from Anchorage, Alaska.Full Answer >
Some famous government cover-ups include the Watergate scandal, the Tuskegee syphilis experiment and the Soviet deceptions involving the Chernobyl nuclear incident in 1986. When the government engages in covering up its own misdeeds, the damage to the public trust can lead to scandal, loss of office and even revolution.Full Answer >