Most of the questions asked so far are about the political process ("What criteria does a US Presidential candidate need to meet in order to appear on the ballot?"). Some ask about the details of policies ( How does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) differ from Massachusetts health care reform (Romneycare)? ) or the history and causes of policies ( What are the key factors for the rise of nationalism in Europe? ). I consider these questions to be definitely on topic.
What is more complex is asking about the effects of policies ( Does the Corporate tax rate negatively affect the economy? )
- If Economics StackExchange hadn't shut down, then it'd probably be better to ask it there
- The questions about the effects of policies are ones most likely to be contentious. Enforcing neutrality might be able to keep things under control, but could also result in accusations of censorship
- Handling policy questions would greatly increase our audience. If we were able to handle these well, then this site would be extremely valuable.
- In the site definition, the questions that were most upvoted were about the political process, not policy implications
- If we allow these questions, we dramatically increase the sites scope ("What are the environmental effects of allowing fracking?", "Does standardised testing improve education?", "Do patents interfere with innovation in the software industry?"). This works on Skeptics StackExchange, but they are the only StackExchange like it so far