Answer to Question #55754 in Other Political Science for PRINCE KWAME
Factors that motivate people to enter politics in a contemporary society
Very often politicians make decisions that aren't socially optimal because of lobbyists and other campaign contributors. The purpose this money serves is to allow them to advertise a lot the next time they're up for reelection. So the question then becomes, "why do they want to remain in office?". I could think of two reasons: money and power.