The concept of power between Aristotle and Machiavelli

- A comparative study -

  • Assist. Lect. Laila Younes Saleh Al-Mawla College of Arts, University of Mosul, Nineveh, Iraq


The importance of this research is due to: trying to define power as a legitimate use of power in a socially acceptable way, which is the legitimate power that a person or group exercises over others, and the element of legitimacy is an important element of the idea of ​​power, and it is the primary means by which power is distinguished from other, more general concepts of power. Force can be imposed by force or by using violence, and authority, in turn, depends on subordinates accepting the right to those above them from the leaders to issue orders or directives, and theories developed about authority differed according to philosophers and eras, and this is the goal of the research.

The limits of the research: The research studies five demands, the first of which is: the concept of authority, linguistically and idiomatically

The second requirement: is theories of the emergence of power according to the philosophers, the third requirement t: the types of authority according to the philosophers, the fourth requirement: is the analytical framework of authority according to Aristotle, and the fifth requirement: is techniques for accessing power according to Machiavelli.


Feb 14, 2023
How to Cite
AL-MAWLA, Assist. Lect. Laila Younes Saleh. The concept of power between Aristotle and Machiavelli. Tikrit University Journal for Rights - مجلة جامعة تكريت للحقوق, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 2, p. 485-517, feb. 2023. ISSN 2663-8983. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 02 june 2023. doi: