The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
31 Jul 2012
Explains the theory of political survival, particularly in cases of dictators and despotic governments, arguing that leaders seek to stay in power using any means necessary, especially by attending to the interests of coalitions.
Overall: 57% of the 63 mentions are positive, 35% are neutral and 8% are negative.
There's a CGP grey video Rules for Rulers; which talks about how horrible; despotic people can remain in power for so long (hint: figure out who actually got you into power; and keep that person happy).
For eighteen years; Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been part of a team 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.
This is essentially any public choice economics class you'll ever take. It's a great break down on the real incentives of rulers and how that influences their rule; even more so it goes into detail how these incentives shape economies; policies; wars; business; and much more.
Source: The Dictator's Handbook
3 points in /r/worldnews by readmeink | 13 Apr 2017