Pejorative term to describe beliefs or conduct allegedly derived from the views of Italian political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli (1429-1527).
The end justifies the means, and moral considerations should be subordinated to the achievement of material or political goals. Used in this way, the term is a parody of the views actually expressed by Machiavelli.
David Miller, ed., The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought (Oxford, 1987)
Machiavellianism or Machiavellian may refer to:
- Political realism
- Machiavellianism (psychology), a personality trait centered on cold and manipulative behavior
- Machiavellianism in the workplace
- Machiavellian intelligence, concept in primatology that deals with the ability to be in a successful political engagement with social groups
- Machiavellian (horse), 1987–2004, an American racehorse
- Machiavellianism (politics), the supposed political philosophy of Niccolò Machiavelli