Definition of gesture politics

: political actions or statements that are done or made chiefly as symbolic gestures and have little or no practical effect Law and order issues are easily subject to gesture politics, to rhetoric and to simple solutions. — Frances Heidensohn, in Social Issues and Party Politics, 1998

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First Known Use of gesture politics

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Gesture politics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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