A way to describe enticement
or promised rewards without satisfaction as a way to get to some useful point or solution.
the use of a carrot on string supported by a stick tied to the neck which is hanging a few inches in front
of horse, donkey or mule. This is a way to entice the animal
forward. The animal
never actually gets to eat the carrot.
Implies that the animal
, person or country is not too smart
and ruled by base
instincts or political expediency.
Often used incorrectly to describe enticement
(the carrot) from
and threats from
the rear (the stick, for beating). Usually
in a political context
Correct usage but less commonly seen in the media.
The USA is using the carrot and stick approach to nuclear disarmament with North
Korea, promising food, fuel and trade in exchange for closing down
weapons plants. The North
Koreans have complied
but the USA has not delivered the promised goods.
Incorrect usage but quite common in the media.
Obama is using the carrot and the stick approach with
Israel, promising them new F-14 aircraft if they
at the table with
the Palestinians and discuss a two state solution to the conflict
and threatening them with
a cut off of military
aid if they
do not negotiate in good faith.