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The logic of political survival

Author: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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
ISBN: 0262025469 9780262025461 0262524406 9780262524407
OCLC Number: 51861951
Description: xiii, 536 pages : illustrations ; 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 [and others].


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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" The Logic of Political Survival takes up the big question that has long puzzled social scientists of all stripes--why do governments that cripple or destroy their own societies survive in office Read more...

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