Ionian Islands City for Political power allows one to define issues, control agendas, and choose one’s battles. Politics is a self-defining means of managing conflict. Conflict is inherent to politics. But so is cooperation. Indeed, politics might be defined as the task of mustering cooperation and managing conflict in collective life. For this reason, politics has been called the art of compromise. The political actor accepts limitations to conflict in order to avert violence. Ionian Islands City 2016.