dictator’s handbook

“the dictator’s handbook: why bad behavior is almost always good politics” <2011> bruce bueno de mesquita & alastair smith / cynical & thoughtful framework for explaining the business of politics, & how and why a politician  <autocrat or democrat> behaves the way s|he does \ autocrats privately reward small coalitions (i.e., those who bring them to power) while democrats work with large coalitions whom s|he rewards with public goods

eyeopening – & i could not help but agree – is that foreign aid is the way rich nations buy policy concessions abroad \ how else explain the non-progress of countries who have been receiving aid for decades from the world bank & imf? / reading the book made me reflect about the marcos years  in the philippines which the u.s. supported & aided until, as the framework predicted, marcos was on his way out – he was terminally ill & consequently losing the support of his cronies & the military

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