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The logic of political survival

Author: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita; et al
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2003.
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"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita; et al
ISBN: 0262025469 9780262025461 0262524406 9780262524407
OCLC Number: 51861951
Description: xiii, 536 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: I: A theory of political incentives --
1. Reigning in the prince --
2. The theory: definitions and intuition --
3. A model of the selectorate theory --
II: Policy choice and political survival --
4. Institutions for Kleptocracy or growth --
5. Institutions, peace, and prosperity --
6. War, peace, and coalition size --
7. Political survival --
III: Choosing institutions --
8. Institutional preferences: change from within --
9. The enemy outside and within: war and changes of leaders and regimes --
10. Promoting peace and prosperity.
Responsibility: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita ... [et al.].
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An ambitious theoretical and empirical study of the effect of political institutions on leadership survival, the character of public policy, and economic development.  Read more...

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