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The Logic of Political Survival Hardcover – August 28, 2003

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" The Logic of Political Survival takes up the big question that has long puzzled social scientists of all stripes—why do governments that cripple or destroy their own societies survive in office for so long? The authors offer a detailed and convincing theory and subject that theory to withering examination by the data. A must-read for anyone who seeks to understand the fate of nations." William Easterly, Professor of Economics, New York University, and author of The Elusive Quest for Growth



"*The Logic of Political Survival* takes up the big question that has long puzzled social scientists of all stripes -- why do governments that cripple or destroy their own societies survive in office for so long? The authors offer a detailed and convincing theory and subject that theory to withering examination by the data. A must-read for anyone who seeks to understand the fate of nations."--William Easterly, Professor of Economics, New York University, and author of The Elusive Quest for Growth and The White Man's Burden

About the Author

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is Professor of Politics at New York University and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Alastair Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at New York University. Randolph M. Siverson is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. James D. Morrow is Professor of Political Science and Senior Research Scientist at the University of Michigan.
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  • Hardcover: 550 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (August 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262025469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262025461
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is Professor of Politics at New York University and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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Using game theory this book tries to ask and answer several questions dealing with political survival. Using historical data, combined with game theory math, this book does an excellent job of laying out not only what they have found in their research, but also where additional avenues of research still exist.

I will say the book is not an easy read, though I think due to the subject matter and the complexity involved in the research, it's very well thought out and organized. Just know that the book isn't written as a quick read, but more of a text book which not only presents the theories of the authors, but attempts to prove those theories as well.

For anyone interested in political science and game theory, this book is well worth the money.
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