political theory


: a theory having to do with the political relationships among men
specifically : one concerned with the organization and basis of government
political theories are generated by social frictions A. S. Kaufman
: the general body of such theories
a history of political theory
: a branch of political science concerned chiefly with the ideas of past and present political thinkers and the doctrines and proposals of political movements and groups
discussion of the proper scope of governmental action … has usually been regarded as a proper part of political theoryF. W. Coker

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“Political theory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political%20theory. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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