A Family of Political Concepts

  title={A Family of Political Concepts},
  author={Melvin Richter},
  journal={European Journal of Political Theory},
  pages={221 - 248}
  • M. Richter
  • Published 1 July 2005
  • Political Science
  • European Journal of Political Theory
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