- 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
power politicspower politics
nounused with a sing. or pl. verb
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.