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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (227 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start 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 the difference between tyrants and democrats is 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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sebastian | 2/16/2014

    " I was initially skeptical, but it turned out to be a good read. Only at the end I found out that this is the narration of an academic paper - which explains some of the slights in style. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jake | 2/12/2014

    " Five pages of content in 280 pages of fluff. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sean | 1/27/2014

    " A thought-provoking analysis of why leaders do what they do. The authors provide a number of valuable insights, but at times rely too heavily on simplifications (reliance on a monetization of the leader/supporter dynamic) and absolutes. Though the overall gist of the idea they put forward is persuasive to me, these faults reinforce that their "selectorate theory" ought be used as an additional frame of reference rather than an entirely-reliable guide for how policy comes to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim Mullen | 1/26/2014

    " This is a clever title slapped onto a serious academic work about how easy it is become a power in local, state and national governments. The truly scary thing is that the process it describes is almost a cheat sheet on how to become the CEO of one of the multi-national conglomerates fixated on ruining the world. Nothing is run more like a dictatorship than our to-big-to-fail banks and corporations. This is not a fun read, but a necessary one. "

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