What’s the difference betwen these two phrases?
- It’s a matter for the politicians
- It’s the concern of politicians.
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Initially, I disagreed with the answer given by @Pawan, but see my Addendum.
It’s a matter for the politicians
This means that it is an issue that needs to be addressed and/or resolved by, or is the responsibilty of, politicians - as distinct from being the responsibilty of the general public or of any particular organisation.
It’s the concern of politicians
Concern (as a noun) is defined as follows:
from Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO):
- [mass noun] anxiety; worry: Carole gazed at her with concern
[count noun] a cause of anxiety or worry: environmental concerns
- a matter of interest or importance to someone: housing is the concern of the Housing Executive
[mass noun]: the prospect should be of concern to us all
from Chambers Dictionary:
- a worry or a cause of worry;
b interest or a subject of interest.
- someone's business or responsibility • That's my concern.
It is clear from these definitions that:
As @Pawan has pointed out in a comment, because of the subtleties of English, the precise intended meaning of a word or phrase can turn on the issue of which prepositions and articles are used in conjunction with it. In my 'concern' to highlight the possible differences in meaning between "matter" and "concern", I have not commented on that. Without knowing the context or origin of the phrases, I would be reluctant to judge the intent of a phrase on that basis alone.
Nevertheless, I now agree with @Pawan that: