Compare Machiavelli And The Model Of Governance

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Introduction With reference to Niccolò Machiavelli’s work, ‘The Prince’, where Machiavelli proposes to the governor during the late 1400s and early 1500s, Lorenzo de Medici, the connection found between morality and effective governance in relation to the ragion de stato. When comparing the various models of governance from Aristotle to Machiavelli to the comparative of the single value moral framework which exists in Islam, Machiavelli and Islam reveals stark differences. With respect to the quote given regarding the synopsis of Machiavelli’s, ‘The Prince’, morality and how a state may or should be governed is expressed across all three models of governance. The similarities and differences between the models with specific attention towards morality, will be discussed through historical as well as political analysis as well as a short synopsis of the Islamic model of governance. The Quote: Michael Ignatieff Michael Ignatieff proposes that, “The shocking lesson of The Prince isn’t that politics demands dirty hands, but that politicians shouldn’t care” (Bobbitt 2013). The quote suggests that with regards to morality and the need to make…show more content…
Aristotle’s contribution towards political theory had developed through his encounters of various models of governance as he travelled throughout the years (Miller 2011). Aristotle contributed vast aspects around political thought in the time in which he lived. Not only is Aristotle well known for his understanding of good governance and how it can be achieved, but rather his famous account of man, that man, “is by nature a political being; it is his nature to live in a polis” (A. R. Moten 1996). Aristotle’s work offers as a great springboard when considering political thinkers such as Machiavelli and contrasting these theories to that of a theocratic society being

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