Machiavelli's "The Prince" and "Discourses", assignment help

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Can you help me understand this Political Science question?

In securing the state, to what extent should a prince (leader) be motivated by the happiness of the people? 

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To answer this question one must be aware that Machiavelli was at the service of the royalty, the wealthy and the powerful Therefore any attempt to defend the interest of the people, understanding for the people as the powerless, had actually no incentive and was useless advice for the ruling elite According to his philosophy, the happiness of the people is only valid if it is instrumental to the ends of the leader The ends justify the means If happiness allows the leader to preserve and increase his power then he will promote the conditions that allow it, however, this interest in the happiness of the people does not e from a true relationship of loyalty, service and love to those that give him the power

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