Polity

A polity is a state or one of its subordinate civil authorities, such as a province, prefecture, county, municipality, city, or district. It is generally understood to mean a geographic area with a corresponding government. Thomas Hobbes considered bodies politic in this sense in Leviathan. In previous centuries, body politic was also understood to mean "the physical person of the sovereign:" emperor, king or dictator in monarchies and despotisms, and the electorate in republics. In present times, it may also refer to representation of a group, such as ones drawn along the ethnic or the gender lines. Cabinets in liberal democracies are chosen to represent the body politic.

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Plurality (church Governance) - History
... Over the years a system of episcopal polity developed ... day, and different Protestant bodies used different types of polity ... It was during this period that Richard Hooker wrote Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity to defend the polity of the Church of England against the Puritans ...
Line War
... The Polity is under attack from a ‘melded’ AI entity with control of the lethal Jain technology, yet the attack seems to have no coherence ... some of the most dangerous individuals in the Polity into the war ... all, and could very well herald the end of the Polity itself ...
Plurality (church Governance) - Polity, Autonomy, and Ecumenism
... Although a church's polity dictates how it is governed and how its ministers figure in that governance, it need not have any implications on relationships between church bodies ... a lack of mutual authority, the internal polity does not directly provide answers on how these divisions have been handled ... example, among churches with episcopal polity, different theories are expressed In Catholicism the church is viewed as a single polity headed by the pope ...
Leviathan And The Air-Pump - Chapter VIII: The Polity of Science: Conclusions
... scientific practitioners have created, selected, and maintained a polity within which they operate and make intellectual product second, the intellectual ...