- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: PublicAffairs; Auflage: Reprint (31. Juli 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1610391845
- ISBN-13: 978-1610391849
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,5 x 21 cm
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The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. Juli 2012
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Simply the best book on politics written.... Every citizen should read this book.―CGP Grey
A lucidly written, shrewdly argued meditation on how democrats and dictators preserve political authority...Bueno de Mesquita and Smith are polymathic, drawing on economics, history, and political science to make their points...The reader will be hard-pressed to find a single government that doesn't largely operate according to Messrs. Bueno de Mesquita and Smith's model. So the next time a hand-wringing politician, Democrat or Republican, claims to be taking a position for the 'good of his country,'remember to replace the word 'country' with 'career.'―Wall Street Journal
Machiavelli's The Prince has a new rival. It's The Dictator's Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith.... 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
In this fascinating book Bueno de Mesquita and Smith spin out their view of governance: that all successful leaders, dictators and democrats, can best be understood as almost entirely driven by their own political survival-a view they characterize as 'cynical, but we fear accurate.' Yet as we follow the authors through their brilliant historical assessments of leaders' choices-from Caesar to Tammany Hall and the Green Bay Packers-we gradually realize that their brand of cynicism yields extremely realistic guidance about spreading the rule of law, decent government, and democracy. James Madison would have loved this book.―R. James Woolsey Director of Central Intelligence, 1993-1995, and Chairman, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
In this book, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith teach us to see dictatorship as just another form of politics, and from this perspective they deepen our understanding of all political systems.―Roger Myerson, Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago
Two renowned political scientists show how the rules of politics almost always favour leaders who ignore the national interest and focus on serving their own supporters.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Mit erstaunlich einfachen Gedankenmodellen wird die internationale Politik seziert und beleuchtet wir der pragmatische Diktator seine Bürger stranguliert um an der Macht zu bleiben.
Wer einen erfrischenden Kontrast sucht, der sollte vor oder nach Dictatoräs Handbook unbedingt «The Servant» lesen!
This volume was written for a general audience and its authors manage to write both precisely and readably. It doesn't stop at diagnosing the causes of current political troubles and also suggests policies that might actually suceed in extending significantly the portion of the world's population enjoying democratic freedoms and the opportunities of an equitable economic environment.
The book explains very well why democratic countries tend to prefer autocratic to democratic regimes in countries strategically important to them. The authors argue that democracies should strive for a spread of democratic forms of government for humanitarian reasons but they do not provide an answer to the question why democracies should do that despite the fact that a democratization of a former autocracy may very well lead to an entrenchment of opposition against the interests of the democratic and democracy-sponsoring country.
The authors show on a number of examples how a detailed analysis of systems of power will reveal key nodes individuals in power need to control to come to power or stay in power. Discussing different rules within a state’s legislation like gerrymandering of election districts, shifting administrative controls or directing resources and subsidies, the authors make a humorous but also shocking demonstration how apparently democratically ruled entities are in fact rigged to stay under a certain group’s control. This is a very effective framework to assess the actual power structure of any political entity as well as its openness to political change and systemic stability.
The ideas brought forth in this volume are effective in explaining some counterintuitive developments, like the poverty in some of the World’s resource-rich nations, why policies beneficial to the majority of the electorate are not enacted or why obscure administrative rules are in fact key to retaining power. Nevertheless this framework also has its limits, as there is neither a guarantee nor a test to ascertain, that every political actor will operate by it. Nevertheless it is a good framework to test, whether a situation can be explained by it.
In summary this is a well thought out piece of research, well written for the average reader as well as for the politically knowledgeable professional and definitely recommended for every observer of the political scene nationally or internationally.