Politics is the social science that is used to explain the behavior within civil governments, but politics has been observed in other group interactions, including corporate, academic, and religious institutions as well, whereever social relations involving intrigue are used to gain authority or power. It is a process by which groups of people make collective decisions. The basic elements of a political system are parties which interact with each other to be elected by the people.
see also Agent-Based Model
- Wikipedia entry for Politics