On Politics and Policy of Social Quality

in European Journal of Social Quality
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  • 1 Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies gt274@cam.ac.uk

The Dutch and the English, two of my favourite languages, are the only Western European idioms capable of making one fundamental distinction of political science, i.e., between politiek and beleid, politics and policy. And here is where we have to start. Politics, briefly and grossly summarised, is about deciding the game to be played and about settling the goals and the rules of it. Policy is about how to score in a given game with given rules. Politics, then, precedes and wraps up policy.