Interventionist

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  • A term generally used to refer to an actor who (with or without permission) involves himself or herself in the affairs of another. In politics, interventionism is generally viewed in a negative sense and usually refers to the forced manipulation of one nation-state by a more powerful one. This can be through either economic or military means and may be motivated by a number of different objectives (to seize resources, preempt a supposedly imminent attack, resolve a human rights crisis, etc.). In economics, interventionism is usually characterized by state involvement in market activities. Although economists often deride interventionism as socially ineffective and financially regressive, state enforcement is almost always considered mandatory in terms of contract enforcement and monetary circulation. Taxes and minimum-wage laws also constitute ...

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