The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics

The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics

by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
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Dictator's Handbook 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Frruss More than 1 year ago
This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand real politics and power...
Serhiy_Kudelia More than 1 year ago
This book goes into a head of a dictator and offers an elegant consistent analytical framework to understand the reasoning of any dictator. In fact, many of its examples come from the corporate world since corporations are often built according to the similar principles. You can apply this framework to analyze any authoritarian regimes in the world - both the ones recently established in the post-Soviet space and the ones existing for decades in Africa or the Middle East. As the authors demonstrate through numerous historical examples, they all rely on the same set of institutions to sustain themselves. This book will allow you to predict which dictators may be successful in maintaining their hold on power for long, and which ones are bound to fall soon. It also points to particular moments of vulnerability of any dictatorship and, therefore, may serve not only as a guide for an aspiring dictator, but also to the ones plotting to bring existing dictators down. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the policies of authoritarian regimes or hierarchically built organizations.
ChronicD More than 1 year ago
Put on your new glasses and prepare to view the world of politics from an island of practicality. Look around, the presidential campaign, Libya , banks . What will become of Libya ? The trail may follow the money from oil. Our country ? Why do income distributions look like Nigeria ? The banks ? Whay are people in charge of the country's finances always from Goldman Sachs ? Foreign aid ? Huh ? Why are we hated when we give them money ? Read this book . Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, you won't regret it.
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