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The Dictator's Handbook

Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics

Bruce Bueno De Mesquita, Alastair Smith, Johnny Heller (Narrated by)

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For eighteen years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been 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.

Praise For The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics

"Machiavelli's The Prince has a new rival. . . . 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

Tantor Audio, 9781452636900

Publication Date: March 19, 2012

About the Author

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is the author of several books, including "The Predictioneer's Game"; "Principles of International Politics"; "Predicting Politics"; "Strategy, Risk and Personality in Coalition Politics"; and the coauthor of many others. Alastair Smith is the author of "Election Timing" and coauthor of "Punishing the Prince" and "The Logic of Political Survival."

Johnny Heller has won two prestigious Audie Awards, earned numerous Audie nominations, and was named one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by "AudioFile" magazine.