- political action characterized by the exercise or pursuit of power as a means of coercion.
- international diplomacy based on the use or threatened use of military or economic power.
Origin of power politics
First recorded in 1935–40
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All the international rivalries, the power-politics, the eternal pressures and constant crises.This Crowded Earth
- (functioning as singular) (in international affairs) the threat or use of force as an instrument of national policy