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Politics is the process and method of gaining or maintaining support for public or common action: the conduct of decision-making for groups. Although it is usually applied to governments, political behavior is also observed in corporate, academic, religious, and other institutions. Political science is the field devoted to studying political behavior and examining the acquisition and application of power, or the ability to impose one's will on another. Its practitioners are known as political scientists. Political scientists look at elections, public opinion, institutional activities (how legislatures act, the relative importance of various sources of political power), the ideologies behind various politicians and interest groups, how politicians achieve and wield their influence, and so on.

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In political science, the initiative (also known as popular or citizen's initiative) provides a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters can force a public vote on a proposed statute, constitutional amendment, charter amendment or ordinance, or, in its minimal form, to simply oblige the executive or legislative bodies to consider the subject by submitting it to the order of the day. It is a form of direct democracy. It has also been referred to as "minority initiative," thus relating it to minority influence. Furthermore, it is, in itself, a politically neutral tool, despite its name which refers it to the "people." It can be used as well for conservative proposal as for progressive ends.

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Geert Wilders (IPA: ['xe:rt 'ʋɪldərs], ['ʝe:ʁt 'ʋɪldəʁs]; born 6 September 1963)[1][2] is a Dutch politician. He has been a member of the Dutch Parliament since 1998, first for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and, from 2006 on, with the Party for Freedom (PVV).[2] He founded PVV and is currently its political leader.[2][3] Wilders is best known for his criticism of Islam, which has led to his forced isolation due to threats,[4][5][6] as well as being banned from entering the United Kingdom in February 2009.[7]


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The Koran is an inspiration for intolerance, murder and terror.

Geert Wilders, Dutch politician, February 2008

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Numerous articles in Wikipedia are related to politics, especially to political science, democracy and the various aspects of a democratic system, most notably elections. In general, all the following articles have at least some connection with politics or the democratic decision-making process.



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Information on politics by country is available for every List of countries, that means each country, including both de jure and de facto independent states, inhabited dependent territories, as well as areas of special sovereignty (compare: History by country). The entries are listed below.




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