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1. Definition. In the broadest sense, a policy is a calculated, purposeful line of action. But since there can be policies in every field of life, this does not give any specific notion to attach to politics. This is also true if politics is defined as the activity of the “powers that be” or as activity directed by the desire for power. To escape the difficulties involved in distinguishing specifically political activity from other social fields of action, it is sometimes attributed to the social…

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Manfred Hättich, “Politics”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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