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The Dictator's Handbook : Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics - Alastair Smith

The Dictator's Handbook

Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics

Paperback Published: 31st July 2012
ISBN: 9781610391849
Number Of Pages: 352

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A groundbreaking new theory of the real rules of politics: leaders do whatever keeps them in power, regardless of the national interest.
As featured on the viral video Rules for Rulers, which has been viewed over 3 million times.
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith's canonical book on political science turned conventional wisdom on its head. They started 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 democracy is essentially 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.

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CGP Grey "Simply the best book on politics written... Every citizen should read this book." R. James Woolsey Director of Central Intelligence, 1993-1995, and Chairman, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, July, 2011 "In this fascinating book Bueno de Mesquita and Smith spin out their view of governance: that all successful leaders, dictators and democrats, can best be understood as almost entirely driven by their own political survival--a view they characterize as 'cynical, but we fear accurate.' Yet as we follow the authors through their brilliant historical assessments of leaders' choices--from Caesar to Tammany Hall and the Green Bay Packers--we gradually realize that their brand of cynicism yields extremely realistic guidance about spreading the rule of law, decent government, and democracy. James Madison would have loved this book." Roger Myerson, Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, July, 2011 "In this book, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith teach us to see dictatorship as just another form of politics, and from this perspective they deepen our understanding of all political systems." Enlightenment Economics, July 14, 2011 "Machiavelli's The Prince has a new rival. It's THE DICTATOR'S HANDBOOK by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith... This is a fantastically thought-provoking read. I found myself not wanting to agree but actually, for the most part, being convinced that the cynical analysis is the true one."

Introduction: Rules to Rule Byp. ix
The Rules of Politicsp. 1
Coming to Powerp. 21
Staying in Powerp. 49
Steal from the Poor, Give to the Richp. 75
Getting and Spendingp. 101
If Corruption Empowers, Then Absolute Corruption Empowers Absolutelyp. 127
Foreign Aidp. 161
The People in Revoltp. 195
War, Peace, and World Orderp. 225
What Is To Be Done?p. 251
Acknowledgmentsp. 283
Notesp. 287
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9781610391849
ISBN-10: 1610391845
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 31st July 2012
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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