Here's what I'm trying to write:

The single thing I would say would make the book better, would to make it a lot shorter. Shorten all the sentences, and eliminate the cruft. I think the book could about 50-75% of it's current length.

I suspect that there's a bit of [politics] here. The publishers and advisers perhaps feel that a shorter book wouldn't be taken so seriously, and efforts are made to make it a full length novel.

But it being about publishing a book - politics doesn't really seem to fit, where it would in other contexts, for example:

The reason the Labour Party doesn't add cannabis law reform as a policy platform is politics, they don't want to antagonise their more conservative older voter base.

Is there an alternative word I can use, to convey a kind of jaded (or pragmatic, depending on your point of view) making compromises for the greater good?

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    Since politics means getting people to do the things you want them to, the term gets applied to any form of manipulative behavior habits, where many people try, with varying degrees of success and toleration, to get others to do what they want. Including various forms of spin and image control. – John Lawler Dec 27 '16 at 22:50
  • You may want to use the gerund form politicking. – jxh Dec 28 '16 at 0:32
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    For book publishing, I might use marketing or market strategy. – mkennedy Dec 28 '16 at 0:44
  • "Compromise" or "calculation" actually fit your example rather well. – The Nate Dec 30 '16 at 4:13
  • Why not seek synonyms for politics ? – ARi Jan 27 '17 at 0:14

"politics" seems like a good fit but I can also suggest "a foxy stratagem".

  • stratagem (noun) - any artifice or ruse devised to attain a goal or gain an advantage, a scheme or maneuver designed to achieve an objective.

"I suspect there's a foxy stratagem here."

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  • ^What I don't like about cunning - is that it's in a positive light. I'm looking for a more jaded/cynical tone really. – dwjohnston Dec 27 '16 at 23:19
  • @dwjohnston foxy? crafty? sagacious? – Centaurus Dec 28 '16 at 0:55
  • @Centaurus - sagacious doesn’t have any cynicism in it. – Jim Dec 28 '16 at 1:55

How about clever expedient?


  • Conducive to advantage or interest, as opposed to strictly correct.

This meaning seems to me very close to the idea you want to express, if not exactly.

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    Can you add a definition source into this answer? – Hank Jan 26 '17 at 16:37

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