power politicspower politics
- political activity, as by an officeholder, characterized by the use of power, influence, etc., usually in ways regarded as somewhat unethical, to effect a desired result
- international political relations in which each nation attempts to increase its own power and interests by using military or economic coercion
noun(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
International diplomacy in which each nation uses or threatens to use military or economic power to further its own interests: “The Cold War undermined the Wilsonian dream of a world beyond power politics” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
Origin of power politicsTranslation of German Machtpolitik.
- Politics with power; a form of international relations in which sovereign entities protect their own interests by threatening one another with military, economic or political aggression.
A calque of German Machtpolitik.