Dicle for The meanings of these concepts and the work they are supposed to do never get resolved once and for all. These concepts are subject to ongoing dispute, as are the values and interests they represent and promote. Indeed, the words politics and political themselves remain essentially contested. They mean different things to different people who use them for different purposes at different times. Political words will always be subject to heated debate, the fragile and temporary outcome of which will likely serve some people’s interests, bolster some people’s beliefs and values, and reaffirm some people’s identities more than others. The words and concepts traditionally employed to interpret, describe, or explain political life are like gatekeepers. They regulate how we understand things and events and affect our judgments, beliefs, and actions. Dicle 2016.