Definition of power politics in US English:

power politics

plural noun

  • treated as singular or plural Political action by a person or group which makes use of or is intended to increase their power or influence.

    • ‘There was a moment when Switzerland could have entered central European power politics.’
    • ‘But it cannot fix the dynamic ills of decision-making within a coalition or the inevitable impact of power politics and party entrenchment.’
    • ‘It is in the ultimate best interest of every nation that transnational institutions replace nation-state power politics.’
    • ‘The post - Cold War era - characterized by the lessening of major power politics - is ending.’
    • ‘In the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th, Europe advocated realism and practiced power politics.’
    • ‘Part of the answer lies in sordid power politics.’
    • ‘This attributes to lack of proper planning for the future, due to power politics in the administration.’
    • ‘Few seem comfortable with their own statehood except as a means of casting a veil of international legitimacy over their own version of power politics.’
    • ‘But that is not true of power politics, where, as one nation rises, another recedes.’
    • ‘It is human nature that explains why international politics is necessarily power politics.’
    • ‘But he refused to be a part of power politics and hold any political post of profit despite offers.’
    • ‘In this world, power politics and classical realpolitik have become obsolete.’
    • ‘As with voters choosing a candidate, these factors have every bit as much to do with a country's stance on policy issues as do reason and power politics.’
    • ‘And I am not an economist who believes that you can explain the world with reference only to markets - and power politics and culture don't matter.’
    • ‘I guess I was really naive when I started working in this sector, but I expected less class and power politics than existed in the corporate sector.’
    • ‘The passing of the Cold War was therefore likely to unveil a new age of power politics, untrammelled by the checks and balances of the Cold War.’
    • ‘In terms of global power politics, he suggested, it was no contest.’
    • ‘As long as sovereign states are the dominant form of political organization, power politics will continue and states will have to look after their security and prepare for war.’
    • ‘There can be no doubt that the drug trade plays a key role in the region's power politics.’
    • ‘Because it's a truism of DC power politics that anyone who works directly out of the White House has more influence than someone who doesn't.’


power politics

/ˈpou(ə)r ˈpäləˌtiks//ˈpaʊ(ə)r ˈpɑləˌtɪks/