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#1 10 years ago

Does the political situation in any country influence how great or how horrible it is to live in it? For example would you choose never to live in a country because you find its political situation appalling?




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#2 10 years ago
Does the political situation in any country influence how great or how horrible it is to live in it?

Absolutely.

I would certainly think twice about living under a corrupt, vicious government. Who would among us would go and immigrate to Zimbabwe, or Burma?

But aside from the obvious extremes, I would feel less enthused to live in a country where the political system tended to exclude or subdue political involvement through obsolescent political systems and unfriendly media.

But then again, I like my politics hot and vigourous.




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#3 10 years ago

Well that depends about how you exactly define a "political situation" here. Are we talking about:

1. Whether there's civil unrest in a country with unstable, authoritarian and/or highly corrupt government or stable, democratic and/or transparent government.

2. What kind of political culture there is, for example does private issues or personal values of politicians matter for the voters, do voters concentrate on the political issues themselves, how acceptable lobbying is etc.

3. What kind of electoral system there's in place: first-past-the-post system (USA, United Kingdom, Australia etc.), mixed member proportional representation (New Zealand, Germany etc.) or proportional representation (Finland, Denmark, France, Argentina etc.)

4. How often there's different government coalition or major party in power.

It also depends about personal level of interest on politics. If you couldn't care less about politics, then it doesn't matter a thing but if you're interested then it matters somewhat or a lot.

If I would plan to move from Finland to somewhere else it would affect on my decision whether there's a FPTP or Proportional Representation electoral system in place. If political situation, in a sense of political culture & electoral system, would be the decisive issue then I would never move to the USA (for example).




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#4 10 years ago
Exploder;4364426Does the political situation in any country influence how great or how horrible it is to live in it? For example would you choose never to live in a country because you find its political situation appalling?

Yes. I know for certain I would not live in Zimbabwe, Burma, China, Vietnam, Egypt, pretty much any Middle Eastern or African nation and many other politically-shady nations. I enjoy the freedoms offered in Western democracies too much to go live in a possibly bass-ackwards country.




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#5 10 years ago

Well, think about it. Without politics, there probably wouldn't be a country to live in. Everything would go to hell. No one would ever get anything done. As much as we hate to admit it, our politicians generally make our country good to live it (depending on where you live, that is).




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#6 10 years ago
Yes. I know for certain I would not live in Zimbabwe, Burma, China, Vietnam, Egypt, pretty much any Middle Eastern or African nation and many other politically-shady nations. I enjoy the freedoms offered in Western democracies too much to go live in a possibly bass-ackwards country.

China isn't all that bad a place to live, and I'm sure it's true of some other countries normally perceived as politically shady. I don't really care all that much about democracy as a voting process, though I do care about my freedom of speech and such. In the end, however, I think it depends on whether the situation there as a whole is desirable; I would rather live in a less 'democratized' country if it meant I could be well off than a free country if it meant I would have a relatively low standard of living.




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#7 10 years ago
Archmage Cleps;4369216China isn't all that bad a place to live, and I'm sure it's true of some other countries normally perceived as politically shady. I don't really care all that much about democracy as a voting process, though I do care about my freedom of speech and such. In the end, however, I think it depends on whether the situation there as a whole is desirable; I would rather live in a less 'democratized' country if it meant I could be well off than a free country if it meant I would have a relatively low standard of living.

That's the Chinese attitude - better to be rich than be free (or politically aware).

One of the reasons the PRC has fared so well, and why political scientists have been wrong in predicting the fall of the CCP. They thought large-scale exposure to Western liberalism (through overseas students etc) would significantly undermine the CCP's rule. In reality, the late 1980s was as close as it got (though there are sluggish changes), before the large-scale wealth began to spread.