Bruce Bueno de Mesquita visits The Stoa to discuss his book, The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics.
“A groundbreaking new theory of the real rules of politics: leaders do whatever keeps them in power, regardless of the national interest.
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith's canonical book on political science turned conventional wisdom on its head. They started 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 democracy is essentially just a convenient fiction.”
As featured on the viral video Rules for Rulers here: https://youtu.be/rStL7niR7gs