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The term ‘politics’ derives from the ancient word ‘polis’, meaning a city state. There is no universally agreed meaning to the word today, but it is generally accepted to refer to the pursuit and exercise of power. This is invariably in relation to the formal practice of government, and the phrase ‘going into politics’, used to describe the embrace of politics as a profession, assumes its separateness from the rest of social life. (You cannot go into something without going out of something else.) A ‘policy’ is a plan of action and the word is used, ordinarily but not exclusively, in relation to formal political bodies, such as governments, ministries and political parties. Most modern governments now have a declared sports policy of some ...

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