The Dictator s Handbook

The Dictator s Handbook

As featured on the viral video Rules for Rulers, which has been viewed over 3 million times. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith's canonical book on political science turned conventional wisdom on its head.

Author: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781610390453

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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A groundbreaking new theory of the real rules of politics: leaders do whatever keeps them in power, regardless of the national interest. As featured on the viral video Rules for Rulers, which has been viewed over 3 million times. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith's canonical book on political science turned conventional wisdom on its head. They started 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 democracy is essentially 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.
Categories: Political Science

The Politics of Bad Governance in Contemporary Russia

The Politics of Bad Governance in Contemporary Russia

See Bruce Bueno de Mesquita , Alastair Smith , The Dictator's Handbook : Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics ( New York : Public Affairs , 2011 ) . Reforms CHAPTER 5 1. Alexey Ulyukaev , “ Liberalizm i politika perekhodnogo ...

Author: Vladimir Gel'man

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472902989

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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In this book, Vladimir Gel’man considers bad governance as a distinctive politico-economic order that is based on a set of formal and informal rules, norms, and practices quite different from those of good governance. Some countries are governed badly intentionally because the political leaders of these countries establish and maintain rules, norms, and practices that serve their own self-interests. Gel’man considers bad governance as a primarily agency-driven rather than structure-induced phenomenon. He addresses the issue of causes and mechanisms of bad governance in Russia and beyond from a different scholarly optics, which is based on a more general rationale of state-building, political regime dynamics, and policy-making. He argues that although these days, bad governance is almost universally perceived as an anomaly, at least in developed countries, in fact human history is largely a history of ineffective and corrupt governments, while the rule of law and decent state regulatory quality are relatively recent matters of modern history, when they emerged as side effects of state-building. Indeed, the picture is quite the opposite: bad governance is the norm, while good governance is an exception. The problem is that most rulers, especially if their time horizons are short and the external constraints on their behavior are not especially binding, tend to govern their domains in a predatory way because of the prevalence of short-term over long-term incentives. Contemporary Russia may be considered as a prime example of this phenomenon. Using an analysis of case studies of political and policy changes in Russia after the Soviet collapse, Gel’man discusses the logic of building and maintaining the politico-economic order of bad governance in Russia and paths of its possible transformation in a theoretical and comparative perspective.
Categories: Political Science

Prestige Manipulation and Coercion

Prestige  Manipulation  and Coercion

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith, The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics (New York: PublicAffairs, 2011), 14. 7. Carl Minzner, End of an Era: How China's Authoritarian Revival Is Undermining ...

Author: Joseph Torigian

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300265651

Category: History

Page: 231

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How succession in authoritarian regimes was less a competition of visions for the future and more a settling of scores “Joseph Torigian’s stellar research and personal interviews have produced a brilliant, meticulous study. It fundamentally undermines what political scientists have presumed to be the way Chinese Communist and Soviet politics operate.”—Dorothy J. Solinger, University of California, Irvine The political successions in the Soviet Union and China after Stalin and Mao, respectively, are often explained as triumphs of inner‑party democracy, leading to a victory of “reformers” over “conservatives” or “radicals.” In traditional thinking, Leninist institutions provide competitors a mechanism for debating policy and making promises, stipulate rules for leadership selection, and prevent the military and secret police from playing a coercive role. Here, Joseph Torigian argues that the post-cult of personality power struggles in history’s two greatest Leninist regimes were instead shaped by the politics of personal prestige, historical antagonisms, backhanded political maneuvering, and violence. Mining newly discovered material from Russia and China, Torigian challenges the established historiography and suggests a new way of thinking about the nature of power in authoritarian regimes.
Categories: History

Bridling Dictators

Bridling Dictators

There are usually no explicit fixed terms of office, but where there are, they may be ineffective. 24. ... The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics (New York, Public Affairs, 2011), esp. pp.1–4. 8.

Author: Graeme Gill

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192666468

Category: Political Science

Page: 424

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Galtieri, Lukashenka, and Putin are some of the dictators whose untrammelled personal power has been seen as typical of the dog-eat-dog nature of leadership in authoritarian political systems. This book provides an innovative argument that, rather than being characterised by permanent insecurity, fear, and arbitrariness, the leadership of dictatorships is actually governed by a series of rules. The rules are identified, and their operation is shown in a range of different types of authoritarian regime. The operation of the rules is explained in ten different countries across five different regime types: the Soviet Union and China as communist single party regimes; Argentina, Brazil, and Chile as military regimes; electoral authoritarian Malaysia and Mexico; personalist dictatorships in Belarus and Russia; and the Gulf monarchies. Through close analysis of the way leadership functions in these different countries, the book shows how the rules have worked in different institutional settings. It also shows how the power distribution in authoritarian oligarchies is related to the rules. The book transforms our understanding of how authoritarian systems work.
Categories: Political Science

Good Boss Better Boss

Good Boss Better Boss

Silos aren't a bad thing as long as the silos communicate with each other and we understand how each silo thinks. ... “The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics” (New York City: PublicAffairs, 2011).

Author: Augustine Chay

Publisher: ServiceWinners International Publishing

ISBN: 9789671983119

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 218

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Covid has made leaders’ and supervisors’ jobs even tougher. Good Boss, Better Boss is a new book that gives practical advice and models on how to manage teams and hit targets in today’s post-Covid work environment. The book’s practical models focus on communicating goals and instructions, especially to remote staff; coaching both office and remote staff; building a motivational work environment for remote and office staff; handling performance and people problems; and getting yourself promoted. Other models include decision-making, handling conflict, and managing remote team members. New supervisors and business owners will find it especially useful as without good people management skills, many fail. Experienced business people will gain from Coyle’s business experience, models, stories, and examples. The book’s purpose is to improve the world “one better boss after another.” Steven Coyle is an American PR living in Malaysia since 1995. He shares techniques and experiences gained in the West and East to successfully manage teams. His background is in the banking, telecommunications, and corporate training industries. Initially sent to Malaysia to launch a local wireless service provider, he is now a corporate trainer, writer, and consultant. His practical models will give you the tools to overcome your managerial, supervisory, and leadership challenges.
Categories: Business & Economics

Making Russia and Turkey Great Again

Making Russia and Turkey Great Again

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith distill the common behavioral patterns of authoritarian (and democratic) leaders in The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics, arguing that similar imperatives ...

Author: Norman A. Graham

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793610232

Category: Political Science

Page: 279

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This book discusses the rise of Putin in Russia and Erdogan in Turkey to authoritarian power in the context of the global debate over the fragility of democracy and the persistence of authoritarianism. It is both historical and theoretical in it treatment of the politics, economics and international relations of Russia and Turkey.
Categories: Political Science

Dictators and their Secret Police

Dictators and their Secret Police

37 Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith, The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics (New York: Public Affairs/Persus, 2011), p. 22. 38 Patrick Kinross, The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the ...

Author: Sheena Chestnut Greitens

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107139848

Category: Political Science

Page: 347

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This book explores the secret police organizations of East Asian dictators: their origins, operations, and effects on ordinary citizens' lives.
Categories: Political Science

Democracy and Dysfunction

Democracy and Dysfunction

The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics. Public Affairs, 2012. Bulman-Pozen, Jessica, and Heather K. Gerken. “Uncooperative Federalism.” Yale Law Journal 118, no. 7 (2009): 1256.

Author: Sanford Levinson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226612041

Category: Political Science

Page: 226

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It is no longer controversial that the American political system has become deeply dysfunctional. Today, only slightly more than a quarter of Americans believe the country is heading in the right direction, while sixty-three percent believe we are on a downward slope. The top twenty words used to describe the past year include “chaotic,” “turbulent,” and “disastrous.” Donald Trump’s improbable rise to power and his 2016 Electoral College victory placed America’s political dysfunction in an especially troubling light, but given the extreme polarization of contemporary politics, the outlook would have been grim even if Hillary Clinton had won. The greatest upset in American presidential history is only a symptom of deeper problems of political culture and constitutional design. Democracy and Dysfunction brings together two of the leading constitutional law scholars of our time, Sanford Levinson and Jack M. Balkin, in an urgently needed conversation that seeks to uncover the underlying causes of our current crisis and their meaning for American democracy. In a series of letters exchanged over a period of two years, Levinson and Balkin travel—along with the rest of the country—through the convulsions of the 2016 election and Trump’s first year in office. They disagree about the scope of the crisis and the remedy required. Levinson believes that our Constitution is fundamentally defective and argues for a new constitutional convention, while Balkin, who believes we are suffering from constitutional rot, argues that there are less radical solutions. As it becomes dangerously clear that Americans—and the world—will be living with the consequences of this pivotal period for many years to come, it is imperative that we understand how we got here—and how we might forestall the next demagogue who will seek to beguile the American public.
Categories: Political Science

Advanced Placement Classroom

Advanced Placement Classroom

Students who wish to see Ralph's and Ja 's different societies as e oes of larger political structures may wish to ... Students may want to look at The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics by e ...

Author: Timothy J. Duggan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000493535

Category: Education

Page: 224

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Advanced Placement Classroom: Lord of the Flies takes a fresh approach to a school classic by offering an abundance of student-centered classroom ideas. A large menu of rigorous choices will engage both teachers and students in the process of building interpretations through close reading, collaboration, and active learning. Clearly explained prereading, reading, and post-reading tasks help students to develop their individual encounters with the text and then enter the conversation of literary scholars. Additional chapters explore the interface between the world of the text and the text in the world, including technology integration. Sample AP prompts and essay analyses are included. Grades 9-12
Categories: Education

Elections Protest and Authoritarian Regime Stability

Elections  Protest  and Authoritarian Regime Stability

Bode, N. and Makarychev, A. (2013) The new social media in Russia: Political blogging by the government and the ... Bueno de Mesquita, B. and Smith, A. (2012) The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics.

Author: Regina Smyth

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108841207

Category: Political Science

Page: 277

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This comprehensive study of Russian electoral politics shows the vulnerability of Putin's regime as it navigates the risks of voter manipulation.
Categories: Political Science