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Power: Political power is the ability to influence or control the behavior of others in the political sphere. It can be exercised through formal institutions, such as the government, or through informal means, such as persuasion or coercion. See also Coercion, Persuasion, Government, Governance, Society, Politics, Democracy, Ideology.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Niccolo Machiavelli on Power - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 190
Power/Machiavelli/Höffe: (...) Machiavelli is not only concerned with the two usual dimensions of power, its acquisition and maintenance. He is also interested in a third dimension that is most clearly evident in the conquest of other communities: size (grandezza). In his medium, power, the prince is supposed to stand out so far that he "goes down in history" and ennobles not only himself, the ruler, but also the ruled, the people, by means of a rule that is grandiose in the expansive sense.
, >Historiography.
For Machiavelli, what ultimately counts are power-functional considerations, for which he, as a Renaissance humanist, often cites historical, sometimes ancient, sometimes contemporary evidence.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Machiavelli, Niccolo
Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016

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