Murphy, Peter (2007) Republicanism. In: Ritzer, George, (ed.) Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 3885-3886.

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[Extract] Republicanism presents an idealized version of a republic. This is a state where no single person (such as a monarch) rules. Usually, this means a written or unwritten constitutional order that distributes the power of the state among different persons and offices, and then organizes those persons and offices into a functional whole. Republics ideally combine the power of the one, the few, and the many with the aim of minimizing personal rule. Republicanism seeks to replace the unchecked personal authority of an arbitrary or despotic ruler with the carefully balanced impersonal authority of a city-state or federal-legal system.

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Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 01:59
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