The New Prince Machiavelli Updated for the Twenty-First Century

Dick Morris

Renaissance Books



Trade Paperback

264 Pages



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Machiavelli's classic, The Prince, is one of civilization's fundamental works on politics and political philosophy. In The New Prince, we find a book of new political thinking—fresh ideas for the democracies that will define the information age, original concepts for making government prosper through the 21st century. Dick Morris, who contributed significantly to President Clinton's re-election in 1996 and, during the previous two decades, helped many public officials (Democrats and Republicans alike) gain office, takes a hard look at our times and writes a how-to book for office-seekers, special-interest groups, and students of politics.

Thus Morris advises candidates to adopt idealism as a strategy—not because of misguided altruism, but because it works. He tells politicians, advocacy groups, business leaders, and citizens how to promote their causes and get their jobs done effectively. And he offers insights into the character of the most remarkable political figures of our time and outlines what he believes will be the political agenda for the coming several decades.


Praise for The New Prince

"If Morris's book is sometimes chilling, it is often acute. Many of his micro-observations are on the mark."—Andrew Sullivan, The New York Times

"It has much to tell us about the process whereby politics has confused the cynical with the practical, the poll with the people, pandering with compassion, governing with the simple act of winning."—Denver Rocky Mountain News

"Regardless of whether readers agree with every point Morris makes they will find him an entertaining and highly instructive guide to the mechanics of modern political life."—Publishers Weekly

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THE NEW PRINCE (Chapter 1)The Transition from Madisonian to Jeffersonian Democracy

THE FUNDAMENTAL PARADIGM that dominates our politics is the shift from representational (Madisonian) to direct (Jeffersonian) democracy. Voters want to run the show directly and are impatient with all forms of intermediaries between their opinions and public policy. This basic shift stems from a profusion of information on the one hand, and a determined distrust of institutions and politicians on the other.

While the media has noted decreasing voter turnout, the corollary is that those who do vote are becoming

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  • Dick Morris

  • Dick Morris, author of Behind the Oval Office,, and other books, was an advisor to President Clinton for twenty years. Time magazine referred to him as "the most influential private citizen in America [and] a gleeful genius." Morris is currently a political commentator for Fox television and the president of