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

ISBN9781610391849
PublisherHachette Book Group
PublishedJuly 1, 2012
Pages352
AuthorBruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.4 Kg.
Height8.2 in.
Width5.5 in.
Depth1.0 in.

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

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith

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July 1, 2012

For eighteen years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been part of a team revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start 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 the difference between tyrants and democrats is 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.

Buy The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith

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ISBN9781610391849
PublisherHachette Book Group
PublishedJuly 1, 2012
Pages352
AuthorBruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.4 Kg.
Height8.2 in.
Width5.5 in.
Depth1.0 in.

Synopsis

For eighteen years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been part of a team revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start 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 the difference between tyrants and democrats is 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.

Buy The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

“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.”

– Enlightenment Economics

“Simply the best book on politics written…. Every citizen should read this book.”

– CGP Grey