In Michael T. Gibbons (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Wiley-Blackwell (2013)

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Dustin Garlitz
University of South Florida
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The term “polity” is used casually today to describe almost any political community. It is so broad that it has lost any theoretical import. In contrast, it had a much more focused – even technical – meaning in ancient, and especially Aristotelian thought.
Keywords government  Greece  mixed constitution  nation-state  political philosophy  polity
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