MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

1174 views

What is real politik? What are some examples?

Real politik is the political approach of self-sufficiency. Decisions on public policy, when approached from a position of real politik, are not afforded time for sympathy or compassion. Rather, real politik is an approach of shrewd pragmatism solely on the basis of political expedience. 

The United States provides some of the best examples of real politik. In order to remain a hegemonic power, the U.S. must-according to much of its political inteligentsia- engage in actions that don't necessarily comport with its ideals or laws so that its political and societal structure remain. For example, on the domestic policy front, President Obama campaigned in 2008 on a health care plan with a public option as opposed to a privately run system. With a Conservative senate, and understanding he had another election to run in four years, President Obama didn't simply compromise: he sacrificed ideology in order to maintain political influence on other issues. 

Thus, real politik can be seen from two sides. One view is Faustian- that real politik is a soul sacrificing maeuver in order to keep power. The second is that, unlike naive, unflinchingly principled policies, real politik ensures success and progress in a society. 

Kiefer K. IB Government and Politics tutor, A Level Government and Po...

8 months ago

Answered by Kiefer, an A Level Government and Politics tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

28 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£20 /hr

Gregory C.

Degree: Philosophy and Politics (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered:Government and Politics, Religious Studies+ 5 more

Government and Politics
Religious Studies
Politics
Philosophy and Ethics
History
English

“I study Philosophy and Politics at Durham University and I am excited at the chance to help others engage with their respective subject and achieve their goals.”

£24 /hr

Marral S.

Degree: MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies (Masters) - Oxford, St Antony's College University

Subjects offered:Government and Politics, Sociology+ 4 more

Government and Politics
Sociology
Politics
Maths
English Literature
-Personal Statements-

“I am a first class graduate of BSc Politics and International Relations from the University of Bath, currently studying my masters at the University of Oxford”

£20 /hr

Emily C.

Degree: Politics BA (Bachelors) - Exeter University

Subjects offered:Government and Politics, Politics+ 4 more

Government and Politics
Politics
Music
English Literature
-Personal Statements-

“About Me:I am a Politics student at Exeter University. I absolutely love my degree but share an equal interest in English, which I studied up until this point.I have been tutoring students of all ages for 4 years and so have great...”

About the author

£20 /hr

Kiefer K.

Degree: Contemporary India (Masters) - Oxford, St Cross College University

Subjects offered:Government and Politics, Philosophy+ 4 more

Government and Politics
Philosophy
Environmental Studies
English and World Literature
-Personal Statements-

“Top tutor from the renowned Russell university group, ready to help you improve your grades.”

MyTutor guarantee

You may also like...

Other A Level Government and Politics questions

What is a constitution?

How is the best way to structure a 45 marker at A2-level?

What are the best revision techniques for global politics?

To what extent is freedom to raise unlimited campaign funds justified by the first amendment?

View A Level Government and Politics tutors

We use cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok