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This entire quantity information the range of constitutions and kinds of governing our bodies within the historic Greek world.

• a suite of unique scholarship on historical Greek governing buildings and institutions
• Explores the a number of manifestations of kingdom motion in the course of the Greek world
• Discusses the evolution of presidency from the Archaic Age to the Hellenistic interval, historical typologies of presidency, its a variety of branches, ideas and systems and geographical regions of governance
• Creates a distinct synthesis at the spatial and memorial connotations of presidency by way of combining the newest institutional learn with newer tendencies in cultural scholarship

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At the same time, national governments are compelled to (re)orient themselves in response to new forms of supra-state institutions and compete with non-governmental forces which, despite their lack of genuine political authority, increasingly encroach on their traditional realm of action. Representative democracy, as it was experienced for the longest time in the twentieth century, appears increasingly unable to respond to the changing morphologies of politics. It was neither the presumed norm nor unrivalled, but was under the permanent threat of being altered or altogether abandoned in favor of another power configuration.

The community of citizens was as much tied together by legal rights and privileges as it was by the belief of a common, primordial descent. The traditional formula to express citizen status—“to have a share in the things of the gods and in all human affairs that are pleasing to the gods”—is indicative of this covenant. The body of citizens was at the head of the political process; its authority was unchallenged and non-negotiable. ” This shifts the emphasis away from the urban connotation of polis towards the status group of individuals itself, the politai, who, in their self-understanding, were one with the polis.

Representative democracy, as it was experienced for the longest time in the twentieth century, appears increasingly unable to respond to the changing morphologies of politics. It was neither the presumed norm nor unrivalled, but was under the permanent threat of being altered or altogether abandoned in favor of another power configuration. In any case, if implemented, democracy called for the persistent negotiation, the meaningful development, and reinstatement, of the middle ground of society, and, with this, the general ability to compromise.

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