How the politician should deal with her political peers
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Representative democracies operate on the principle of majority rule (and sometimes even super-majority rule). Hence, how a politician deals with her immediate colleagues—the members of her own party, but those belonging to other parties as well—is of paramount importance. To secure their votes when she needs them, she must demonstrate a willingness to play ball when they want her vote on some matter. Quid pro quos are thus the daily diet of most politicians. Several tips on how to manage the give-and-take of politics are offered.