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Politics vs. Government

A country is run under different systems which include an economic system, cultural system, legal system but the most important type which exists that helps in running the country is known as the government system. It consists of politics and government both of the terms are related to each other in several ways but are different. It works in a simple way, different political parties start from the grass rout level and form their base in a society, from there they participate in elections and if they win, form the government and if they lose, they become the opposition party which keeps the main government in check. This is the basis of political structure which is the relationship between groups of people who have different ideologies but work towards creating laws and regulations which are beneficial for the common people. They can force it through their political power or they can easily do it when they are the actual government. This is the main difference between politics and government. Both are linked to each other but the first one leads to the second one. It cannot be the other way round. One cannot form a government without being involved in politics and there is no political future if the party does not aim to form a government. Politics can be done on different points and people can look from short to long term measures of a specific group while in government, one has to look at the overall population of the country where people from different parties, sects and religions belong and the well-being of everyone is their responsibility. Government has to take long term measures, more often than not. A political party does not always concern itself with the overall needs of everyone. They have their own agenda and work towards is step by step. Therefore, it can be said that a government is a body which rules over a country and has the power by law and constitution to make sure all the actions of people are according to the norms of society. Political party on the other hand, does not have this liberty, they have to work within the current system and cannot make their own rules and regulations and cannot break them either. In a democratic system politics plays and important role in the course of action taken but government does not always have to be democratic but can also be taken over by power. Few other differences are listed at the end while brief explanation of these two types is given in the next two paragraphs.

Key Differences

Common people have no role to play when it comes to the decisions taken by the government but in politics common people have a lot of say in all the decisions and course of action taken.
Aimie Carlson
Nov 04, 2016
Government has the power to make new laws and change the constitution while a political party does not have the power to make any changes by law.
Government rules over the whole country irrespective of the type of people while in a political system, party can make themselves the symbol of specific type of people.
Aimie Carlson
Nov 04, 2016
In politics, people can make the government change its decision with the help of power but a government cannot show its power with any such acts.
Politics is the basis of government system while government is not the basis of political system.
Government is strictly related to state while politics is wide ranged which can be found in all fields of life such as educational institutes and trade unions.
Janet White
Nov 04, 2016
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It is a political system which is based on a set of specific rules, ideas from the common people and has some limitations in the way it operates.
The organization that is the governing authority of a political unit

Power

a political party does not have the power to make any changes by law.
has the power to make new laws and change the constitution.

Change

people can make the government change its decision with the help of power
cannot show its power with any such acts.

Symbol

Political party can make themselves the symbol of specific type of people.
Rules over the whole country irrespective of the type of people

Politics and Government Definitions

Politics

The art or science of government or governing, especially the governing of a political entity, such as a nation, and the administration and control of its internal and external affairs.

Government

The act or process of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit.
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Politics

Political science.

Government

The office, function, or authority of a governing individual or body.

Politics

The activities or affairs engaged in by a government, politician, or political party
"Our politics has been corrupted by money and suffused with meanness" (Peter Edelman). "Politics have appealed to me since I was at Oxford because they are exciting morning, noon, and night" (Jeffrey Archer).

Government

Exercise of authority in a political unit; rule.

Politics

The methods or tactics involved in managing a state or government
The politics of the former regime were rejected by the new government leadership. If the politics of the conservative government now borders on the repressive, what can be expected when the economy falters?.

Government

The agency or apparatus through which a governing individual or body functions and exercises authority.
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Politics

(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Political life
Studied law with a view to going into politics.
Felt that politics was a worthwhile career.

Government

The ruling political party or coalition of political parties in a parliamentary system.

Politics

(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Intrigue or maneuvering within a political unit or a group in order to gain control or power
Partisan politics is often an obstruction to good government. Office politics are often debilitating and counterproductive.

Government

The cabinet in a parliamentary system.

Politics

(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Political attitudes and positions
His politics on that issue is his own business. Your politics are clearly more liberal than mine.

Government

The persons who make up a governing body.

Politics

(used with a sing. or pl. verb) The often internally conflicting interrelationships among people in a society.

Government

A system or policy by which a political unit is governed.

Politics

(countable) A methodology and activities associated with running a government, an organization, or a movement.

Government

Administration or management of an organization, business, or institution.

Politics

(countable) The profession of conducting political affairs.
He made a career out of politics.

Government

Political science.

Politics

( treated as a plural noun) One's political stands and opinions.
Their politics are clear from the bumper stickers on their cars.

Government

(Grammar) The influence of a word over the morphological inflection of another word in a phrase or sentence.

Politics

(uncountable) Political maneuvers or diplomacy between people, groups, or organizations, especially involving power, influence or conflict.

Government

The body with the power to make and/or enforce laws to control a country, land area, people or organization.
British government has historically centred exclusively on London.

Politics

Real-world beliefs and social issues irrelevant to the topic at hand.
We're trying to talk about comic books, don't mention politics.

Government

The relationship between a word and its dependents.

Politics

The science of government; that part of ethics which has to do with the regulation and government of a nation or state, the preservation of its safety, peace, and prosperity, the defense of its existence and rights against foreign control or conquest, the augmentation of its strength and resources, and the protection of its citizens in their rights, with the preservation and improvement of their morals.

Government

The state and its administration viewed as the ruling political power.
If the citizens must follow the law, then the government must follow the constitution.

Politics

The management of a political party; the conduct and contests of parties with reference to political measures or the administration of public affairs; the advancement of candidates to office; in a bad sense, artful or dishonest management to secure the success of political candidates or parties; political trickery.
When we say that two men are talking politics, we often mean that they are wrangling about some mere party question.

Government

(uncountable) The management or control of a system.

Politics

Social relations involving authority or power

Government

The tenure of a chief of state.

Politics

The study of government of states and other political units

Government

The act of governing; the exercise of authority; the administration of laws; control; direction; regulation; as, civil, church, or family government.

Politics

The profession devoted to governing and to political affairs

Government

The mode of governing; the system of polity in a state; the established form of law.
That free government which we have so dearly purchased, free commonwealth.

Politics

The opinion you hold with respect to political questions

Government

The right or power of governing; authority.
I here resign my government to thee.

Government

The person or persons authorized to administer the laws; the ruling power; the administration.
When we, in England, speak of the government, we generally understand the ministers of the crown for the time being.

Government

The body politic governed by one authority; a state; as, the governments of Europe.

Government

Management of the limbs or body.

Government

The influence of a word in regard to construction, requiring that another word should be in a particular case.

Government

The organization that is the governing authority of a political unit;
The government reduced taxes
The matter was referred to higher authorities

Government

(government) the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed;
Tyrannical government

Government

The act of governing; exercising authority;
Regulations for the governing of state prisons
He had considerable experience of government

Government

The study of government of states and other political units

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Definition of Politics

It is a political system which is based on a set of specific rules, ideas from the common people and has some limitations in the way it operates. There aren’t always specific goals in politics and changing of view and partying ways from one to the other is very common. It is said that there is no final word in politics and people can change their stance as soon as they see some gain or benefit for themselves. Political parties who participate in politics always have to abide by the law set by the government of the time and constitution of the country. It can focus on people from a specific area and create own importance and then move towards bigger goals among which the most important is forming a government. Therefore, it can be said that there is no use of politics if the main aim is not end up in the government and implemented everything that has been preached in the politics.

Definition of Government

It is not always famous among common people but has the responsibility of making sure every person is taken care of in a proper way and they get their rights even if they are associated to a different group other than the one who participated in other type of politics. A government is free to make new laws and make changes in the constitution and there are no ways of stopping them legally unless people make use of politics and show their public power. A government usually has the mandate from the people but they can come in to power through other means too such as army rule and kingship. It is heavily dependent on the type of politics which is being done and people only choose a government if they see a party has done its politics right and has been able to convince the people that they should vote for them.

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