The Dictator's Handbook

The Dictator's Handbook

Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics

Book - 2012
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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: New York : PublicAffairs, 2012.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781610391849
Branch Call Number: 303.34 Bue
Characteristics: xxv, 319 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Alastair 1967-- Author

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thedoggedtruth
Nov 13, 2014

A very cynical book on a politician's political expediency-gaining and rewarding supporters, staying in power, and other delightfully dark facts about the game of thrones.
I think (or want to think) the authors are a bit off on motives, but it is a very good book and occasionally amusing and entertaining (i read it to my girlfriend at night). Judge us if you want, but first have a go at it.

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StevenRobinson
Feb 05, 2013

Wow. Looking at politics in a whole new light. Everyone that cares about the country they live in should read this.

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ReidCooper
Sep 19, 2012

A must-read for anyone interested in preserving and promoting democracy and freedom.

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