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The dictator's handbook : why bad behavior is almost always good politics

Author: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita; Alastair Smith
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Explains the theory of political survival, particularly in cases of dictators and despotic governments, arguing that political leaders seek to stay in power using any means necessary, most commonly by attending to the interests of certain coalitions.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita; Alastair Smith
ISBN: 9781610390446 161039044X 9781610390453 1610390458 9781610391849 1610391845
OCLC Number: 701015473
Description: xxv, 319 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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?
Responsibility: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith.

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Starting from the simple premise that leaders pursue their own ends, and that populations either have, or more often don't have, the power to constrain them to a significant degree, this book looks  Read more...

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