Capture current understanding of a topic, including what is well supported and what is controversial;
Set the work in historical context;
Highlight the major questions that remain to be addressed and the likely course of research in upcoming years; and
Outline the practical applications and general significance of research to society.
"This book is a short account of the history of the doctrine and practice of democracy, from ancient "Greece and Rome through the American, French, and Russian revolutions, and of the usages and practices associated with it in the modern world."
Drawing together a team of international scholars, the Encyclopedia of Political Theory examines the ideas of the major political theorists from before Plato to our own times: the main schools of political thought; the concepts and issues that have captured the imagination and attention of political theorists; and some of the main institutions and practices inspired by political thought.