political theory

noun

Definition of political theory 

1a : 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

b : the general body of such theories a history of political theory

2 : 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 theory— F. W. Coker

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