Book The dictator's handbook : why bad behavior is almost always good politics / Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith.
Associated Name: Smith, Alastair, 1967-
Publication year: 2012.
Call Number JC330.3 .B84 2012
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9781610391849 1610391845
Originally published in hardcover in 2011.
"Paperbook first published in 2012 by PublicAffairs."
Extent: xxv, 319 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
"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"--Publisher description.
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?