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The logic of political survival / Bruce Bueno de Mesquita ... [et al.]
Bib ID 1087234
Format BookBook
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Description Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2003 
xiii, 536 p. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 0262025469
0262524406
Summary

"The authors construct a provocative theory on the selection of leaders and present specific formal models from which their central claims can be deduced. They show how political leaders allocate resources and how institutions for selecting leaders create incentives for leaders to pursue good and bad public policy. They also extend the model to explain the consequences of war on political survival. Throughout the book, they provide illustrations from history, ranging from ancient Sparta to Vichy France, and test the model against statistics gathered from cross-national data. The authors explain the political intuition underlying their theory in nontechnical language, reserving formal proofs for chapter appendixes. They conclude by presenting policy prescriptions based on what has been demonstrated theoretically and empirically."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • I. A Theory of Political Incentives
  • 1. Reigning in the Prince
  • 2. The Theory: Definitions and Intuition
  • 3. A Model of the Selectorate Theory
  • II. Policy Choice and Political Survival
  • 4. Institutions for Kleptocracy or Growth
  • 5. Institutions, Peace, and Prosperity
  • 6. War, Peace, and Coalition Size
  • 7. Political Survival
  • III. Choosing Institutions
 
Notes

Formerly CIP.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [503]-518) and index.

Subjects Heads of state -- Succession.  |  Heads of state -- Term of office.  |  Political planning.
Other authors/contributors Bueno de Mesquita, Bruce, 1946-

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