I’m studying for my Political Science class and need an explanation.
Reading question 4: Beginning the Discourses (Preface and chapter 1)
Format: two single-spaced, type-written paragraphs
If in The Prince we find Machiavelli’s politics to favor monarchical, centralized or “executive” authority, in the Discourses he appears to be something of a committed republican. That is, he favors a politics in which — if the situation presents itself — authority and power is dispersed in a polity.
Discuss those passages in the first few chapters of the Discourses where Machiavelli reveals a much different political orientation than we saw in The Prince. Then, explain why he appears to see the wisdom of republican rule in which “the people” have a considerable voice in the management of public affairs.