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

ISBN-10: 1610391845
ISBN-13: 9781610391849
Edition: 2012
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Description: 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.  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 8/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.95" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

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 don’t care about the “national interest”—or even their subjects—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.

Alastair Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at New York University.

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?
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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