Logic of Political Survival

ISBN-10: 0262524406
ISBN-13: 9780262524407
Edition: 2005
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Description: The authors of this ambitious book address a fundamental political question: why are leaders who produce peace and prosperity turned out of office while those who preside over corruption, war, and misery endure? Considering this political puzzle,  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 550
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The authors of this ambitious book address a fundamental political question: why are leaders who produce peace and prosperity turned out of office while those who preside over corruption, war, and misery endure? Considering this political puzzle, they also answer the related economic question of why some countries experience successful economic development and others do not. The authors construct a provocative theory on the selection of leaders and present specific formal models from which their central claims can be deduced. They show how political leaders allocate resources and how institutions for selecting leaders create incentives for leaders to pursue good and bad public policy. They also extend the model to explain the consequences of war on political survival. Throughout the book, they provide illustrations from history, ranging from ancient Sparta to Vichy France, and test the model against statistics gathered from cross-national data. The authors explain the political intuition underlying their theory in nontechnical language, reserving formal proofs for chapter appendixes. They conclude by presenting policy prescriptions based on what has been demonstrated theoretically and empirically.

Preface
A Theory Of Political Incentives
Reigning in the Prince
The Theory: Definitions and Intuition
A Model of the Selectorate Theory
Policy Choice And Political Survival
Institutions for Kleptocracy or Growth
Institutions, Peace, and Prosperity
War, Peace, and Coalition Size
Political Survival
Choosing Institutions
Institutional Preferences: Change from Within
The Enemy Outside and Within: War and Changes of Leaders and Regimes
Promoting Peace and Prosperity
Notes
References
Index

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