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Forms of government, theory of
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1. Introduction

The theory of forms of government is that portion of political and constitutional philosophy  that seeks to classify the empirical and theoretical forms of political systems, in order to determine through comparative analysis which model is relatively or absolutely best. Its eme…

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Weber, Wolfgang E.J., “Forms of government, theory of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027946>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126



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