The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
A groundbreaking new theory of the real rules of politics: leaders do whatever keeps them in power, regardless of the national interest.
As featured on the viral video Rules for Rulers, which has been viewed over 3 million times.
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith's canonical book on political science turned conventional wisdom on its head. They started 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 democracy is essentially 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 ReviewUser Review - thcson - LibraryThing
This is a great book on political coalitions, especially in dictatorial regimes. The authors' model of political life is simple but enlightening. Leaders strive to stay in power and to do so they must ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Fledgist - LibraryThing
A guide to how authoritarian rulers operate. Interesting. It's really an attempt to popularise some basic ideas of comparative politics and international relations, and update Machiavelli. Read full review
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