[ noun ] (politics) the members of a social organization who are in power
Used in print(The Department of State: A Fresh Look at the...)
The problem in the policy officer 's mind thus begins to take_shape as a galaxy of utterly complicated factors - political , military , economic , financial , legal , legislative , procedural , administrative - to be sorted_out and handled within a political_system which moves by consent in_relation_to an external environment which cannot be under_control .(Morton A. Kaplan and Nicholas de B. Katzenbach,...)
Thus the Congress marks a formal recognition of the political_system that was central to world politics for a century .
Essentially this imposed two conditions : First , international_law had to recognize and be compatible with an international political_system in which a number of states were competitive , suspicious , and opportunistic in their political alignments with one another ; second , it had to be compatible with the value_system that they shared .