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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Recent Examples on the Web In other words, the U.N. was not intended to end power politics, but to legitimate it. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, "America Has No Duty to Rule the World," 21 Oct. 2020 Against the new coinage of isolationism, advocates presented armed supremacy as simultaneously dominating power politics and transcending it. Washington Post, "When America decided to rule the world," 2 Nov. 2020 For the first time in their nation’s history, the CFR internationalists started to affirm that the United States needed to itself engage in power politics outside the Western Hemisphere. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, "America Has No Duty to Rule the World," 21 Oct. 2020 From the standpoint of power politics, the war looks like an effort by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to solidify his power at home while transforming his country’s status in the region. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Can Anyone Stop the Caucasus Clash?," 5 Oct. 2020 But the power politics behind memorials aren't always obvious. CBS News, "A monumental reckoning," 11 Oct. 2020 While China has leveraged its economic clout to build influence and Europe has fed democratic aspirations, Russia has clung to hard-power politics. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Putin Loses His Footing in Russia’s Backyard," 8 Oct. 2020 Achieving carbon neutrality by 2060 will not be easy, but global power politics are certainly in China’s favor. Gernot Wagner,, "China’s Carbon Neutrality Goal is Good Policy and Good Politics," 25 Sep. 2020 On Thursday night observers and practitioners of Vatican power politics were asking: What exactly did Cardinal Becciu do wrong? Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Powerful Cardinal, a Fixture of Vatican Intrigue, Resigns Suddenly," 24 Sep. 2020

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1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Power politics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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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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