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The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics

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Publisher Comments:

For eighteen years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been part of a team revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They donand#8217;t care about the and#147;national interestand#8221;and#151;or even their subjectsand#151;unless they have to.

This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction. Governments do not differ in kind but only in the number of essential supporters, or backs that need scratching. The size of this group determines almost everything about politics: what leaders can get away with, and the quality of life or misery under them. The picture the authors paint is not pretty. But it just may be the truth, which is a good starting point for anyone seeking to improve human governance.

About the Author

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is the Julius Silver Professor of Politics and director of the Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy at New York University. He is the author of 16 books, including The Predictioneerandrsquo;s Game.
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Alastair Smith is professor of politics at New York University. The recipient of three grants from the National Science Foundation and author of three books, he was chosen as the 2005 Karl Deutsch Award winner, given biennially to the best international relations scholar under the age of 40.

Table of Contents

Introduction: rules to rule by — The rules of politics — Coming to power — Staying in power — Steal from the poor, give to the rich — Getting and spending — If corruption empowers, then absolute corruption empowers absolutely — Foreign aid — The people in revolt — War, peace, and world order — What is to be done?

Product Details

ISBN:
9781610390453
Subtitle:
Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Author:
Bueno De Mesquita, Bruce
Author:
Bruce, Bueno
Author:
Mesquita, Bruce Bueno de
Author:
Bueno de Mesquita, Bruce Bueno de
Author:
Smith, Alastair
Subject:
Power (Social sciences)
Subject:
Political corruption
Subject:
Political Science : Political Ideologies - General
Subject:
Political Science : Political Process - Leadership
Subject:
Political Science : Political Ideologies - Fascism & Totalit
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 12.5 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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