Definition of retail politics in English:

retail politics

Line breaks: re¦tail pol¦it|ics


[also treated as singular] US
  • A style of political campaigning in which the candidate attends local events in order to target voters on a small-scale or individual basis.
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    • For states so vast and populations so large, the old-fashioned art of retail politics, meeting voters individually, has diminished in importance.
    • The state's brand of retail politics brings its most powerful leaders into frequent contact with voters.
    • The candidate and his manager were also careful not to underestimate the importance of old-fashioned retail politics.


early 20th century: first referring to the practice of paying for votes.

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