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The Dictator’s Handbook

Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith

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The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics (2011) is an examination of what motivates leaders in democracies and dictatorships. Authors Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith argue that those in power try to stay in power by catering to the members of their winning coalition, whether that means millions of voters or a handful of military generals...

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The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics (2011) is an examination of what motivates leaders in democracies and dictatorships. Authors Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith argue that those in power try to stay in power by catering to the members of their winning coalition, whether that means millions of voters or a handful of military generals...