The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith
Published By: New York: Perseus Books, Public Affairs ISBN: 978-1-61039-044-6 Date of Publication: 2011
Book Review Detail
Bruce Russett of Yale University
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.50.2.513.r3 Review Pages: 516-17
Book Review Abstract
Bruce Russett of Yale University reviews "The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics" by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith. The EconLit abstract of the reviewed work begins: Explores the pattern of negative conduct displayed by the behavior of many government and business leaders and considers its relationship with continued power. Discusses the rules of politics; coming to power; staying in power; stealing from the poor and giving to the rich; getting and spending; if corruption powers, then absolute corruption empowers absolutely; foreign aid; the people in revolt; war, peace, and world order; and what is to be done. Bueno de Mesquita is Julius Silver Professor of Politics and Director of the Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy at New York University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Smith is Professor of Politics at New York University. Index.
D72: Models of Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior D73: Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption F35: Foreign Aid M10: Business Administration: General