Politics is the process of making decisions applying to all members of each group.

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More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community, particularly a state.

Governance refers to "all of processes of governing, whether undertaken by a government, market or network, whether over a family, tribe, formal or informal organization or territory and whether through the laws, norms, power or language."

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Furthermore, politics is the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community as well as the interrelationship between communities.


A variety of methods are deployed in politics, which include promoting or forcing one's own political views among people, negotiation with other political subjects, making laws, and exercising force, including warfare against adversaries.

Negotiation is a dialogue between two or more people or parties intended to reach a beneficial outcome over one or more issues where a conflict exists with respect to at least one of these issues.

Law is a system of rules that are created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate behavior.


Politics is exercised on a wide range of social levels, from clans and tribes of traditional societies, through modern local governments, companies and institutions up to sovereign states, to the international level.

A sovereign state is, in international law, a nonphysical juridical entity that is represented by one centralised government that has sovereignty over a geographic area.

Local government is a form of public administration which, in a majority of contexts, exists as the lowest tier of administration within a given state.

A tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past.


It is very often said that politics is about power.


A political system is a framework which defines acceptable political methods within a given society.

A society is a group of people involved in persistent social interaction, or a large social group sharing the same geographical or social territory, typically subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations.


History of political thought can be traced back to early antiquity, with seminal works such as Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Politics and the works of Confucius.

The history of political thought dates back to antiquity while the political history of the world and thus the history of political thinking by man stretches up through the Medieval period and the Renaissance.

Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece.


Formal Politics refers to the operation of a constitutional system of government and publicly defined institutions and procedures.


Political parties, public policy or discussions about war and foreign affairs would fall under the category of Formal Politics.


Many people view formal politics as something outside of themselves, but that can still affect their daily lives.


Informal Politics is understood as forming alliances, exercising power and protecting and advancing particular ideas or goals.


Generally, this includes anything affecting one's daily life, such as the way an office or household is managed, or how one person or group exercises influence over another.


Informal Politics is typically understood as everyday politics, hence the idea that "politics is everywhere".

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