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I understand the need to prevent there being a place for what generally passes for political "thought" on the interwebz, but where can questions regarding political science, theory of politics, political sociology and the sociology of politics be asked?

Questions would need to be strictly limited (i.e. moderated) to well-established and well-defined well-focused academic questions and unambiguous factual questions.

Examples would include things such as

  1. What is the median voter theorem and how can it explain multi-partite systems?
  2. What does the double-majority requirements for certain legislation in the EU mean?
  3. What did Weber define as class?
  4. How does rational choice theory explain the existence of voting?
  5. Under the german basic law, what powers does the supreme court have?
  6. What is the Nato Security Council?

Essay-type broader questions would be discouraged. This is not a discussion forum after all.

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Are you aware of More specifically, the Politics proposal? – Grant Thomas Dec 16 '11 at 13:18
Check out Area 51 for a proposal that fits your requirements. There's no live site where these questions would be on topic. – ChrisF Dec 16 '11 at 13:18
Interesting sample questions. Of course, IRL, the questions of such a site would be more like "What mental defects cause people to vote for the XXXX party?" – Won't Dec 16 '11 at 14:23
Those don't go on programmers.SE?? ;) – Adam Rackis Dec 16 '11 at 15:53
Thanks to all who pointed me to that Area51 bit. I am new to StackExchange and hadn't hunted that section down yet. But yes, @ಠ_ಠ Won't♦, I appreciate most questions would probably be about contemporary 'politics'. – Cor_Blimey Dec 16 '11 at 20:25
@Adam Rackis , whoops, I thought this was meta for Stack exchange, not Stack Overflow. Apologies. – Cor_Blimey Dec 17 '11 at 17:25
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Everything you are looking for is in area51, as stated in the comments. There is also Philosophy stack exchange beta. Below are two different links to area51 topics.

Politics: "Proposed Q&A site for objective discussion and questions about governments, policies and political processes."

Social Engineering: "Proposed Q&A site for detectives, private investigators, persons involved in security, and curious hobbyists interested in how humans operate." You may find some of your political sociology and the sociology of politics in here.

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thanks, though I am sceptical that a site for private investigators is categorised with electoral theory :) – Cor_Blimey Dec 16 '11 at 20:27

The best place would be the as-of-yet unlaunched Politics proposal, currently in the commitment phase. Join it, and help it launch before the election season, no doubt it would be quite interesting. Good luck.

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