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The Logic of Political Survival : The MIT Press - Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

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Published: 8th February 2005
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CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2004 and Winner of the 2004 Best Book Award presented by the Conflict Processes section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) 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.

"A must-read for anyone who seeks to understand the fate of nations." - William Easterly, Professor of Economics, New York University, and author of The Elusive Quest for Growth"

Prefacep. xi
A Theory Of Political Incentivesp. 1
Reigning in the Princep. 3
The Theory: Definitions and Intuitionp. 37
A Model of the Selectorate Theoryp. 77
Policy Choice And Political Survivalp. 127
Institutions for Kleptocracy or Growthp. 129
Institutions, Peace, and Prosperityp. 173
War, Peace, and Coalition Sizep. 215
Political Survivalp. 273
Choosing Institutionsp. 327
Institutional Preferences: Change from Withinp. 329
The Enemy Outside and Within: War and Changes of Leaders and Regimesp. 405
Promoting Peace and Prosperityp. 461
Notesp. 487
Referencesp. 503
Indexp. 519
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ISBN: 9780262524407
ISBN-10: 0262524406
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 550
Published: 8th February 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 16.5  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.88