February 22, 2016

The best books of political science

Any basis in political science starts with a familiarity with the texts that have reflected their time and helped define the future direction of political science. Political leaders have read and are aware of many of the principles outlined in these works. Even opponents of thinkers like Machiavelli had to engage with their ideas in order to refute them.

“The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli

“The Prince” ( “Prince”) of Niccolo Machiavelli was so influential that the author’s name has become an adjective representative of a political approach . Although Machiavelli was personally unsuccessful as Florentine politician, his theories were widely read in the sixteenth century and is still read today. “The Prince” ( “Prince”), suggests that, for a leader, “it is better to be feared than loved.” To intimidate and control their constituents, argued Machiavelli, a leader has a greater opportunity to enact benevolent and productive public policies.

“Two Treatises of Government”  by John Locke

“Two Treatises of Government” ( “Two Treatises of Government”) by John Locke was first published in 1689, although Locke himself was not satisfied with the errors of in editions distributed during its . Spurred by the “Glorious Revolution” in England, Locke’s work led criticism of authoritarian rulers who claimed the divine right and argued for the legitimacy of laws limiting the powers of government. His writings have inspired the modern liberalism and were a major influence on the American and French revolutions in the eighteenth century.

“Diplomacy” by Henry Kissinger

“Diplomacy” ( “Diplomacy”) Henry Kissinger reflects the of one of the major American political figures of the twentieth century. Kissinger, who was national security adviser and secretary of state during the Nixon and Ford administration, was a controversial figure, often causing intimidation and other brutal methods to achieve a political end. Its volume of 900 pages follows the international political history of the early seventeenth century to the twentieth century, reflecting on the continuities in political and diplomatic traditions of American diplomacy.

“Politics” by Aristotle

Policy is the most famous literary works of Aristotle , who lived from 384 a. And 322 EC. BCE (Before Common Era). This book is often considered the antithesis of the aforementioned The Republic of Plato and Aristotle strongly disputes the class conception of society Plato. This work of eight books defines nothing more and nothing less than organizing a Republic with three independent political powers (executive, legislative and judicial) elected directly by the demos, which is composed of citizens politically equal men .

“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

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The importance of this work today is indisputable. Incredibly, the political organization of modern states has been designed over 2000 years ago. But it does, and this makes this book much more than a work of philosophy, a classic.







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