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  1. Plural of politician

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A politician (from Greek "polis") is an individual who is involved in influencing public decision making through the influence of politics or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. This includes people who hold decision-making positions in government, and people who seek those positions, whether by means of election, coup d'état, appointment, electoral fraud, conquest, right of inheritance (see also: divine right) or other means. Politics are not limited to governance through public office. Political offices may also be held in corporations, and other entities that are governed by self-defined political processes.


Considered a politician

  • A person who is active in party politics.
  • In a state, a member of the executive branch of government, or the office of Head of State, as well as the legislative branch, and regional and local levels of government.
  • Any person influencing group opinions in his or her favor can be termed a politician. For example, a worker participating in office politics is a politician, but only so far as the operations of his or her workplace are concerned.
  • Some law enforcement officers, such as sheriffs, and many judges who are elected or appointed because of their political views or popularity.

Not considered a politician

  • Members of government who serve purely functional roles, such as bureaucrats.
  • Members of the judicial branch, law enforcement, and the military are not usually regarded as being politicians since they are generally executing or adjudicating established law and custom.
  • Ordinary citizens with the power to vote cannot properly be called politicians even though they can participate in group decision-making. A politician participates in public debate that leads to a group decision being reached, while a voter is simply responding to that debate.


International equity expert Professor Paul Finn has underlined, “the most fundamental fiduciary relationship in our society is manifestly that which exists between the community (the people) and the state, its agencies and officials. " Many suggest the basic problem of stopping Human Rights violations and political negligence stems from the lack of understanding by media and politicians on the laws of fiduciary control. In equity fiduciary control suggests obligations that not only include duties of good faith and loyalty, but also include duties of skill and competence in managing the people's interests. After all, Government is a trust structure created by people to manage certain services within society with the politicians depended on by the people to do that task. Therefore the relationship between government and it's politicians and the governed is clearly a fiduciary one.
Rules such as Sovereign Immunity and Crown and Judicial Immunity are now being targeted as the very the tools of oppression that are preventing victims from taking action against the people controlling the country who are causing the failure of care. Originating from within the Courts of Equity, the fiduciary concept was partly designed to prevent those holding positions of power from abusing their authority. This new thinking suggests anyone accepting any political or government control over the interests of people should be judged by the most exacting fiduciary standards given politicians are the most important fiduciaries in any society given they hold power over the people with power that comes from the people through elections. The fiduciary relationship arises from the government and its politicians ability to control people with the exercise of that power. In effect the argument is, if politicians have the power to abolish or ignore any rights they should be burdened with the fiduciary duty to protect people's rights because the government (or others engaging politicians on their behalf) would benefit from the exercise of discretion to extinguish rights which it alone had the power to dispose of.
Although members of governing bodies are often honored, many people today have a poor opinion of politicians as a class. Not only do people often disagree with their policies, they are sometimes seen as unscrupulous, willing to do anything to gain power, or abusive of their position and privileges.
Politicians can also be criticized for becoming "career politicians." A politician who makes politics the source of their income, yet has to face re-election every few years can be less likely to make bold decisions or side with an unpopular bill. Some feel that fear of "rocking the boat" leads to a stagnant political climate, in which it becomes hard to address injustices and create change. Various measures have been taken in attempt to mitigate this effect, such as the implementation of term limits.


See also

politicians in Tosk Albanian: Politiker
politicians in Arabic: سياسي
politicians in Bosnian: Političar
politicians in Welsh: Gwleidydd
politicians in Danish: Politiker
politicians in German: Politiker
politicians in Estonian: Poliitik
politicians in Modern Greek (1453-): Πολιτικός
politicians in Spanish: Político
politicians in Esperanto: Politikisto
politicians in French: Personnalité politique
politicians in Korean: 정치인
politicians in Indonesian: Politikus
politicians in Italian: Politico
politicians in Hebrew: פוליטיקאי
politicians in Haitian: Politisyen
politicians in Kurdish: Ramyar
politicians in Malay (macrolanguage): Ahli politik
politicians in Dutch: Politicus
politicians in Japanese: 政治家
politicians in Norwegian Nynorsk: Politikar
politicians in Polish: Polityk
politicians in Portuguese: Político
politicians in Kölsch: Politiker
politicians in Romanian: Om politic
politicians in Quechua: Kawpaq runa
politicians in Russian: Политик
politicians in Albanian: Politikani
politicians in Simple English: Politician
politicians in Slovak: Politik
politicians in Slovenian: Politik
politicians in Serbo-Croatian: Političar
politicians in Finnish: Poliitikko
politicians in Swedish: Politiker
politicians in Ukrainian: Політик
politicians in Venetian: Połitego
politicians in Chinese: 政治家
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