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Brilliant, academic reading of how bad behavior is almost always the right choice for politiciansthe academic version on which The Dictator s Handbook is based Highly Recommendedeven for Lefties. (((EBOOK))) ✕ The Logic of Political Survival ↝ The authors of this ambitious book address a fundamental political question why are leaders who produce peace and prosperity turned out of office while those who preside over corruption, war, and misery endure Considering this political puzzle, they also answer the related economic question of why some countries experience successful economic development and others do not 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 Eh, I guess it is worth 4 stars because I can t think of a reason to give it 3 stars, although it isn t earth shattering if you know what I mean. I first read this book as a first semester graduate student in an IR and Comparative hybrid course At the time I didn t totally understand it, the methodology, the terminology, practically all of it was beyond my comprehension at that point However, I just picked up The Logic of Political Survival and reviewed it for comprehensive exams I found this book absolutely invaluable to the understanding of both the demoratic peace theory and political institution building The selectorate model pr I first read this book as a first semester graduate student in an IR and Comparative hybrid course At the time I didn t totally understand it, the methodology, the terminology, practically all of it was beyond my comprehension at that point However, I just picked up The Logic of Political Survival and reviewed it for comprehensive exams I found this book absolutely invaluable to the understanding of both the demoratic peace theory and political institution building The selectorate model proposed by BDM et al is absolutely comprehensive, and seems almost without rival It just explains so much, and yet is inevitably so simple This is a must read for any comparative politics or international relations scholar and, come to think of it, could very well be applied to public administration, political theory, or American politics as well BDM et al make a convincing case for structural arguments of both comparative politics and the democratic peace which, in my opinion, are without parallel A classic rational choice manifesto on state leadership and behavior Bad leaders tend to besuccessful than good ones The evidence is based on a formal model called selectorate theory A good read but obviously unspecified as a model Wouldn t be surprised if his results were considered spurious within the next ten years. KOBOBOOKS KOBOBOOKS Excellent comprehensive theory of conflict and war I don t buy it completely, but its rationality is incredibly thorough.