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- Norberg, J. "Political Concepts." The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. WILEY-BLACKWELL,
(last updated on 2020/08/13)
The expression “political concepts” refers to a set of concepts essential to any serious reflection on political life. This set includes authority, democracy, equality, freedom, justice, power, and further concepts that represent fundamental political values and principles. Indeed, dictionaries of political thought in no small part consist of entries on terms that signify such central concepts. However, political concepts are political in a double sense: they refer to some central idea or issue of great political relevance, but the meanings of these concepts are also topics of perpetual debate. Political concepts are thus not simply used to describe political life, but significant sites of political disagreement.