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A politician, political leader, or political figure is someone who is involved in influencing public policy and decision making. This includes people who hold decision-making positions in government, and people who seek those positions, whether by means of election, inheritance, coup d'état, appointment, electoral fraud, conquest, divine right, or other means. Politics is 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.
Public choice theory involves the use of modern economic tools to study problems that are traditionally in the province of political science.
In particular, it studies the behavior of voters, politicians, and government officials as ...