Politics basic definitions

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Politics and Public Administration
POL 128
Hartt Laurinda

Politics and Film (POL128CPOL128) Some Definitions of Things Political The following is a definition of politics offered by Garth Stevenson in The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2000 Edition (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2000), page 1858: Politics broadly refers to any or all conflicts among human beings over the allocation of power, wealth or prestige, when interests are pursued by means other than the use of physical violence. According to a more optimistic view, politics is [sic] an essential means by which collective goals can be achieved through peaceful co-operation. Narrowly, the term describes activities associated with the government and state. The state serves the purpose of managing conflicts and imposing solutions that are binding on all individuals and groups subject to its authority. To be viable, a state must enjoy unchallenged authority over a particular territory and population. (Please Note: the bold print above is the emphasis of the course instructor.) Politicspoliticalpolitician as defined in Websters Encyclopaedic and Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language (New York: Random House, 1996), p. 1497: political: exercising or seeking power in the governmental or public affairs of a state, municipality, etc. Instructor note: as defined above, the seeker does not have to be a politician--could be a representative of corporate interests or a public relations specialist (or spin doctor), hence the term power elites. A further definition of the term political from same source: having a definite policy or system of government of or pertaining to citizens, for example, political rights. Instructors note: Do we know what these rights are? Politician: a seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favour or retaining power than about maintaining principles; a person who seeks to gain power or advancement in an or
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