The conflict of An Enemy of the People is a tense political battle. The tug and pull of political turf wars help drive the action of the play. Though all the politics we see represented in the play exist strictly on a local level, national issues are addressed as well. Also, the patterns of local politics often echo the larger patterns that exist of the national level. An Enemy of the People is an unblinking portrayal of the cutthroat world of political maneuverings.
The play displays politics as something both corrupt and petty.
Politics, though flawed, are a powerful force whose favor one's success often depends upon.