La elección del príncipe: Los consejos de Maquiavelo al ciudadano elector

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¿No sabemos qué hacer en las próximas elecciones?

¿No existe ningún candidato que nos convenza del todo o en buena medida?

¿Por qué debo ir a votar?

Pidamos el asesoramiento de Maquiavelo. Escuchemos a este excepcional consejero que ofrece su sabiduría sin pedir nada a cambio.

¿Vamos a votar o no? Y si votamos, ¿cómo escogemos a los representantes que tendrán el poder de crear leyes y de gobernarnos? Para ayudarnos a responder a estas preguntas podemos apoyarnos en un insólito experto, Nicolás Maquiavelo, que hace exactamente quinientos años escribió El príncipe, y conocía y entendía como pocos a las personas.

Este libro se publicó de cara a las elecciones italianas. Se trata de un pequeño manual que contiene citas de Maquiavelo comentadas por el autor que pueden ser útiles a los electores y que invitan a la reflexión.

Es un manifiesto en favor de las virtudes que deberían tener nuestros políticos en un contexto de corrupción del actual sistema político italiano.

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Grupo Planeta Spain
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Published on
Mar 25, 2014
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Pages
121
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ISBN
9788449330230
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Language
Spanish
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Genres
Political Science / General
Political Science / History & Theory
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