Från en artikel av Pasquale Pasquino om Hobbes och Machiavelli:
Political theory is about order inside the city. I suggest that it is more precisely the series of texts on the means of avoiding disorder which threatens coexistence within the political community. […] [T]ransformations of political discourse in the West have been a function of changing conceptualizations of threat to the existence of political order and hence of the different ways of envisaging the origin and nature of this threat.
Pasquino, Pasquale (1996), ’Political Theory, Order, and Threat’, in Russell Hardin and Ian Shapiro (eds.), Political Order (Nomos; New York: New York University Press), s. 19.