cover image of The Dictator's Handbook

The Dictator's Handbook

Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics

by Bruce Bueno De Mesquita Author · Alastair Smith Author


Sign up to save your library

With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

   Not today
For eighteen 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.

Publication Details

Tantor Media, Inc.
Tantor Audio
Publication Date:


  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 322.7 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 322.7 MB

Bruce Bueno De Mesquita (Author)

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is the author of several books, including The Predictioneer's Game; Principles of International Politics; Predicting Politics; Strategy, Risk and Personality in Coalition Politics; and the coauthor of many others.

More about Bruce Bueno De Mesquita

Alastair Smith (Author)

Alastair Smith is the author of Election Timing and coauthor of Punishing the Prince and The Logic of Political Survival.

More about Alastair Smith
The Dictator's Handbook
Copy and paste the code into your website.
New here? Learn how to read digital books for free