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The General Meaning and Concept of Politics

Updated on April 30, 2012
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Christopher F. Bueno is currently the Dean of the College of Education, University of Northern Philippines, Vigan City.

The term “Politics” is taken from the Greek word “politika”. This term originated from the book of Aristotle on governing and governments as modeled his view “affairs of the city.” These are the evolving terms of Politics: (1) “Polettiques” was the Latinized term provided by the English in the mid-15 century; and (2) “Politique” came from the Middle French with the Latin term “Puliticus” to the Greek term “Politikos.” The meaning of the root term relates to the citizens ,civic , civil) and belonging to the state.

Generally the common definition of POLITICS is the ability to persuade and influence in the sovereign electorate to provide political power and authority in the governmental affairs of the state. These are the other definitions to conceptualize the term POLITICS:

1. It is the science of governance in the control of the external and internal affairs of the state.

The management of the political, economic, social and administrative affairs in the public sector has been the concept of governance of the state. In the basis of the definition of politics, the sovereign power of the government has to control the various state affairs. The external affairs involve the political activities such as diplomatic relations with other state in providing the public affairs support on international trade, bilateral and multi-lateral relations affecting the political, social, educational and economic activities of the state.

The art of governance provides internal affairs ad to the administrative and sovereign rights to pursue political agenda that would best suit the interest of the political party and development thrusts for the generation of common welfare to the society. This validates the electoral promises of public officials on the ability to influence and persuade the electorate to pursue the political platforms as the basis of political performance gauge for those who were elected as government officials of the state.

2. It is the political administration and management of the governmental affairs based on the development agenda of the party affiliation of public officials.

In politics, the party affiliation and political agenda provide the general political strategy to enumerate the development agenda that best suited to job generation, social equity, the advocacy of human freedom, justice, dignity and liberty for common and general welfare to the society. This is the political basis to administer and manage the governmental affairs of the state. The fiscal management and administration of government evolves on the critical areas of revenue generation ( tax collection) and budgetary measures ( expenditures of social services) including the borrowing for the development projects.

The party affiliations have been the main political supporters to administer and manage the affairs of government. It must be noted that politics has to consider political party as this group provides the political influence and control to pursue the government directions of the state.

3. It is the management of the political parties to deal with the peoples’ interest in government through manipulation and influence to obtain, power and control of the society.

The political parties as the main ingredient of political and social development to deal with the interest of the society have to manage the politics of manipulation and influence of the society. It must provide the manipulative way to show efficiency, effectiveness and economy in the management of governmental affairs. The idea of politics has its full meaning as to the use of manipulation and influence to deceive people that the government officials handled well the political affairs of the state.

The ethical and moral principles of politics have been the main concern and issues as to the advocacy of general welfare of the society. It is usually focus on the political power play to the varied political parties with motive to administer and manage the governmental affairs of the state. The political dynamics of the government administration is always there in discussing the development perspective of the society.

The end goal in politics is on how to gain political powers adminIstering the governmental affairs through party affiliation. This is the usual issue and concern of politics as the self-interest for collective recognition and respect; self-actualization and social stratification may have ethical and moral impact in the society. The idea of political deception is always there once the political influence and persuasion appears in winning the confidence of the sovereign electorate.


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The General Concepts and Principles of Government

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The General Meaning and Concept in Politics

The Behaviorist Approach in the Study of Politics

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The Modern Concepts and Principles of Political Science :The Development Dimensions of the “Contemporary Republic”


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