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This widely anticipated book addresses fundamental questions in international and comparative politics: why do democratic leaders typically govern with less corruption, more prosperity, and less war for their peoples? Combining rigorous formal logic, systematic empirical analysis, and wide-ranging historical examples, the authors' excellent work will draw great attention and stimulate much further research.

(Bruce Russett, Dean Acheson Professor of International Relations, Yale University)

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)

In recent years, the boundaries between international relations and comparative politics have become ever more porous. This book represents the first full-scale integration of the two fields, adding dramatically to both. Political scientists will be confronting its theory and evidence for years to come.

(Barry Weingast, Ward C. Krebs Family Professor of Political Science, Stanford University)

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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Product Details

  • Series: MIT Press
  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262524406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262524407
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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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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Necessary reading to understand "The Dictators Handbook". This book challenges what you think you understand about leadership behaviors after reading Handbook.
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