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Political Science
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[German Version]

I. Terminology

Both the name of the academic discipline and the understanding of what it studies have been subject to several historical transformations. Classically politics was understood as the normative good order of society; in the early and later modern period, the focus shifted to the empirical analysis of power and sovereignty (Dominion) as the characteristic subject matter of politics. In its earlier phase, no di…

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Bleek, Wilhelm, Adam, Armin and Stroh, Ralf, “Political Science”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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