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Politics is a process of making decisions that will govern the actions of groups of people.  We usually apply the term to the decision making process of governments, but all sorts of other institutions have politics as well (for example, schools have all sorts of politics going on between teachers and between the teachers and the administration).

Another way to look at politics is to say that it is the process of deciding who will have power in a given group of people (whether that will be a family, a school, a business, a country, or even the whole world) and what those in power will do once they have power.