Table 1. Relevant aspects of politics in different dimensions and layers (examples)


Dimensions
Levels Policy
(problems and solutions)
Polity
(rules and structure)
Politics
(interaction and process)
Micro
(focal interaction)
Problems and goals of a specific governance process Rules of procedure for a specific governance process Struggle for dominance among participants of a governance process
Meso
(policy domain)
Problem definitions and policy approaches that are dominant within a policy domain Institutional arrangements within a policy domain Struggle of organized political actors for dominant positions within a policy domain
Macro
(political system)
Discourse of fundamental political values and beliefs Constitutional rules and political culture Struggle for dominance among broad social groups, sectors, classes, or regions