The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewBrukerevaluering - addunn3 - LibraryThing
The authors research what makes leaders act the way they do. And, it has nothing to do with what "we the people" want. It is about satisfying the needs of their "essential" supporters. Interesting concept, with many examples to support their key points. Les hele vurderingen
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This disturbing and provocative book synthesizes a lot of political science research and starts from the proposition that leaders are always out for themselves and for their own political survival. It ... Les hele vurderingen
1 The Rules of Politics
2 Coming to Power
3 Staying in Power
4 Steal from the Poor Give to the Rich
5 Getting and Spending
6 If Corruption Empowers Then Absolute Corruption Empowers Absolutely
7 Foreign Aid