Political issue: an issue that involves a decision on the part of a collective to act or not to act, in a particular manner. Politics: the practice of attempting to influence collective decisions: in the context of government: an activity in which conflicting interests struggle for advantage or dominance in the making and execution of public policies. Private issue: an issue that should be resolved in private or voluntary sectors, those parts of society and the economy that function separately from the government. Public issue: an issue that is to be resolved through government action. Power: the ability of one actor to impose its will on another, to get its own way, to do or get what it wants. Key to the resolution of political issues. People are powerless when they have no probability of being able to impose their will.