As the model of government known as liberal democracy has evolved in recent centuries, politicians have replaced princes (and kings) as key players in determining how governments will operate. But while politicians in most countries act as the proxy for those who make up the electorate, they are quite unlike princes, who could inherit power, marry into power, or seize power. The politician must obtain it from the people by way of election and share it with other politicians. And having obtained power, the politician seeking to retain it must use means princes never needed to consider. Those means are a principal focus of this book.
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