wedge politics

wedge politics
/wɛdʒ ˈpɒlətɪks/ (say wej 'poluhtiks)

a political strategy whereby one group seeks to weaken opposing groups by forcing them to divide over a particular issue rather than form an alliance: *The classic targets of wedge politics in Australia are Aborigines, migrants, the unemployed, supporting parents, and I suppose … the disabled. –aap news, 2000.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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