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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Geographical imbalance |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} }} {{#invoke:Sidebar|sidebar}} Politics (from Greek: πολιτικός politikos{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, definition "of, for, or relating to citizens") is the practice and theory of influencing other people. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community, particularly a state. Furthermore, politics is the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community (a usually hierarchically organized population) as well as the interrelationship(s) between communities.

A variety of methods are employed 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. 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.

It is very often said that politics is about power.<ref name="Political Geography">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> A political system is a framework which defines acceptable political methods within a given society. 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.

Formal Politics refers to the operation of a constitutional system of government and publicly defined institutions and procedures.<ref name="Political Geography"/> Political parties, public policy or discussions about war and foreign affairs would fall under the category of Formal Politics.<ref name="Political Geography"/> Many people view formal politics as something outside of themselves, but that can still affect their daily lives.<ref name="Political Geography"/>

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.<ref name="Political Geography"/> Informal Politics is typically understood as everyday politics, hence the idea that "politics is everywhere".<ref name="Political Geography"/>

Politics sections
Intro   Etymology   History of state politics   Themes   Political values    See also   Notes   References   External links  

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