Political Concepts

Book Section

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.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Norberg, J

Published Date

  • October 6, 2014

Book Title

  • The Encyclopedia of Political Thought

Start / End Page

  • 647 - 657

Published By


  • 10

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 1405191295

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781405191296