Definition of power politics

: politics based primarily on the use of power (such as military and economic strength) as a coercive force rather than on ethical precepts

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Whether or not a new perestroika is dawning, Russia’s leaders must outgrow power politics and recognize that force can’t secure their position either at home or abroad. Konstantin Dobrynin, WSJ, "Russia’s Future Is Rapped in an Enigma," 14 Jan. 2019 Chang, Fred and soon Chan Qi as well are victims of Party power politics. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: Bamboo Bathed in Earthlight," 30 Nov. 2018 Washington is known more for power politics than humanitarian works. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "Behind the Bar, Mixing Drinks With Aid for a Faraway Home," 9 July 2018 The reason was basic power politics: all five had an interest in trying to reimpose the exclusivity of the nuclear club. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "President Trump Is Putting Huge Pressure on Europe to Reinstate Sanctions on Iran. He's in for a Tough Sell at the NATO Summit," 3 July 2018 Few figures in northeastern Syria have been as well acquainted with the power politics of the country. Washington Post, "How American neglect imperils the victory over ISIS," 19 Apr. 2018 The search for a new Los Angeles schools superintendent is proceeding behind closed doors, but the underlying power politics extend well beyond the room where seven elected Board of Education members are at work. Howard Blume,, "The power game behind the search for a new L.A. schools leader," 19 Apr. 2018 But Francis was also an eager player in the game of European power politics, along with his contemporary monarchs Henry VIII of England and Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "‘Francis I’ Review: A Royal Renaissance," 27 Mar. 2018

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1901, in the meaning defined above

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: politics based on the use of military or economic power to influence the actions and decisions of other governments

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