power politics

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Calque of German Machtpolitik.


power politics (uncountable)

  1. Politics with power; a form of international relations in which sovereign entities protect their own interests by threatening one another with military, economic or political aggression.


See also[edit]


  • Hans J. Morgenthau, Scientific Man vs. Power Politics. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1946.
  • Hans J. Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace. New York NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948.
  • Hans Köchler, "The United Nations Organization and Global Power POlitics: The Antagonism between Power and Law and the Future of World Order," in: Chinese Journal of International Law, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2006), pp. 323-340. ABSTRACT