Outline the theories of Discourse (1531) by Machiavelli and relevance to the relationship between the state and individual and apply the concepts of power and liberty to Machiavelli’s theories of the state. I.e Machiavelli Republicanism.
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In his theories of Discourse, Machiavelli argues that minimal constitutional order occurs when the subjects live securely and under a strong government rulership checking the aspirations of the people and nobility (Vatter, 2013). However, a balance is provided by other institutional and legal mechanisms. Nevertheless, for a full constitution, the political order aims to provide and ensure the community’s freedom. This freedom comes from active participation and is evidenced by the strong connection between the people and the nobility.