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The Prince Niccolo Machiavellis The Prince examines the nature of power and his views of power which are still somewhat in existence today I will discuss and examine what I feel to be the most important principals of Machiavellis theory Machiavelli stresses power over the people dictatorial power and power with people shared power While it is possible to use power to attain greater prevalence in society there will always be people who have power over them In The Prince Machiavelli discusses two distinct groups of people the political elite including nobles and other princes and the general public Today in the Canada the first group the political elite includes political leaders religious leaders business leaders and the leaders of strong lobbying groups The composition of the general public has changed little from Machiavellis time Machiavelli starts the book off explaining the different kinds of states republics and principalities He then goes on to explain the types of principalities heredity mixed and what he calls new New principalities are principalities that have just been created and their leaders are not hereditary Mixed principalities are like those of the Pope or the sultan he explains for they have been established for a long time like a hereditary principality but the leadership does not pass from father to son like a new principality Next Machiavelli explains how to rule the different principalities and what challenges are presented to the ruler in each case He says that hereditary leaders have an easier time than new princes because the people are already accustomed to their hereditary leaders and accept their power but a new prince has to work hard to be accepted by his people
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