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I. Social Sciences

Since its Greek origins, politics has meant (a) an action with a specific object, aiming to achieve the best way for all the inhabitants of the ancient city-state (pólis) to live together and hence achieve the common good of the community (koinón), and (b) the theory of this action (Sellin; see also Political science). Given that we no longer live in small urban societies but in large, open, and functionally complex societies …

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Herms, Eilert, Hutter, Manfred, Schieder, Rolf, Thiemann, Ronald, Badry, Roswitha and Stock, Konrad, “Politics”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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