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Relation between political science and politics
01. October 2018 at 22:11
Relationship between Political Science and Politics!There is no real difference between Political Science and Politics. Political Science studies Politics i.e. all political relations and interactions in society. Hence it cart be called Politics. Modern Political Scientists do not make a distinction between the two. They reject the traditional view which makes a distinction between these two.
Let us study both traditional and modern views regarding the relationship between Political Science and Politics:

Traditional View
Difference between Political Science & Politics The traditional scholars made a distinction between the discipline of Political Science which studies State and Government, and Politics stands for current problems and issues being faced by the government.

Scholars like Pollock suggest a distinction between Theoretical Politics (Political Science) and Applied Politics (Politics). The former is described as the theory of State and Government and the latter as the practice of State and Government.

Points Difference between Political Science & Politics:
1. Politics means the issues, problems and political activities which are actually taking place in society. Against it, Political Science is a social science which studies the State and Government.
2. Politics is concerned with the day to day actual activities of the Government. Political Science seeks to study the origin, nature, and functions of the State, Government and its all organs.
3. Politics differs from State to State and within a State from time to time. The principles of Political Science are universal. Politics in India and Britain is different but the theory of Political Science is the same in both the countries.
4. Whereas each one of us is involved in politics, either, directly or indirectly, Political Science is studied only by the students of this social discipline.
Explaining the difference between Politics and Political Science Bluntschli writes, “Politics is an art which is related to the practical problems of State and Government; as against it, Political Science is the science of State.”

Modern View
No difference between Politics & Political Science:
In contemporary times all political scientists believe that there is no real difference between Politics and Political Science. Political Science studies Politics and hence can be called Politics. State and Government are the two main institutions of political life of man. These are the main objects of study in Politics. The terms Politics and Political Science are synonyms.

Politics or Political Science means the study of all political relations and interactions. Political relations and interactions are those which are involved in the exercise of power in society. Modern Political Scientists do not accept any distinction between Politics and Political Science. They hold that Politics is an appropriate name for describing the study of state, government, political relations and political processes.

Cite This Article As: Asfand Ali Goraho. "Relation between political science and politics." International Youth Journal, 01. October 2018.

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