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State Systems
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A state system is the external structure of state governance and the external organization of the execution of governance. The Aristotelian system has influenced all later theories. It arranges the forms of state according to the number of rulers – one ruler, a few rulers, or many rulers (Arist. Pol. 1278b - 1301a). All of these forms of state face the alternative of either serving the common good or the self-interest of the rulers. This gives rise to the following positively regarded forms of state and their corresponding corrupt versions:…

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Stroh, Ralf, “State Systems”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025697>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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