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Political Science

A guide to politics, policy, and political science.

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Suggested Search Terms

Variants

    Administration
    Civil government
    Commonwealth, The
    Government
    Political theory
    Political thought
    Politics
    Science, Political

Broader Terms

    Social sciences

Narrower Terms

    Aristocracy (Political science)
    Authoritarianism
    Biopolitics
    Bureaucracy
    Citizenship
    City-states
    Civics
    Common good
    Communication in politics
    Comparative government
    Conservatism
    Corporate state
    Cosmopolitanism
    Coups d'état
    Decentralization in government
    Delegation of powers
    Democracy
    Democratization
    Divided government
    Elections
    Equality
    Executive power
    Failed states
    Federal government
    Filibusters (Political science)
    Government, Resistance to
    Hegemony
    Ideology
    Imperialism
    Individualism
    International organization
    Liberalism
    Liberty
    Monarchy
    Nationalism
    Newly independent states
    Oligarchy
    Opposition (Political science)
    People's democracies
    Plebiscite
    Plutocracy
    Polarization (Social sciences)
    Police power
    Political anthropology
    Political culture
    Political development
    Political obligation
    Political parties
    Political psychology
    Political sociology
    Politics, Practical
    Populism
    Postcolonialism
    Power (Social sciences)
    Pressure groups
    Public administration
    Public domain
    Radicalism
    Radicalization
    Religion and politics
    Representative government and representation
    Republicanism
    Republics
    Restorations, Political
    Revolutions
    Right and left (Political science)
    Separation of powers
    Social contract
    Sovereignty
    States, Size of
    States, Small
    Subnational governments
    Symbolism in politics
    Television and politics
    Tribal government
    Utopias
    Village communities
    World politics

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