Last night I was reminiscing upon Plato's Republic as an attempt for constructing as best a city as possible, and the latter The Laws which attempted to implement such.
Initially I was thinking of whether an ideal society necessarily entails it is composed of ideal individuals. Whether it was possible for all individuals to be perfect but for there not to be a perfect society, or for there to be a perfect society but not all perfect individuals.
This is what led me to the more crucial question: to what degree are the two intertwined? For sometimes political philosophies are explored, at least in emphasis, separate to ethical ones.