6.6.4 The Power Vested in National Politicians

National politicians exert more power over people’s daily lives than any other level of political subsidiarity, as examined in the following sub-sections:

●  They dominate the internal governance of a country (, because they control the budgets of lower layers of administration.

●  They represent their countries in international negotiations and global governance (  In this role they often pay more attention to domestic politics than to the long-term interests of the country they represent.

●  They can try to gain popularity by whipping up the kind of nationalism that prides itself on opposing other countries (  This damages the country’s ability to cooperate internationally and it feeds internal tensions.



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