Taming the Prince

Taming the Prince

by Harvey C. Mansfield
     
 

In a masterful survey of Western political thought ranging from Aristotle to The Federalist Papers, Harvey Mansfield shows for the first time how the doctrine of executive power arose and how it has developed to the present day. Although there were various "proto-executives," from Roman dictators to Christian kings, the modern executive first appears with… See more details below

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In a masterful survey of Western political thought ranging from Aristotle to The Federalist Papers, Harvey Mansfield shows for the first time how the doctrine of executive power arose and how it has developed to the present day. Although there were various "proto-executives," from Roman dictators to Christian kings, the modern executive first appears with Machiavelli's The Prince. Yet Machiavelli's strong -- even cruel -- leader undermines republican theory. Subsequent philosophers, Mansfield argues, seized upon the Prince and transformed him by deft manipulations into the American president. Liberalized by Locke, constitutionalized by Montesquieu, Machiavelli's bloodthirsty executive was finally "tamed" by channeling his antinomian energies into a uniquely flexible constitutional framework.

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Reprint of the 1989 Free Press work on executive power. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780029199800
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
09/14/1989
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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