The Logic of Political Survival

The Logic of Political Survival

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Publisher's Synopsis

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 hsitory, ranging from ancient Sparta to Vichy France, and test the model against statistics gathered from cross-national data. They conclude by presenting policy prescriptions based on what has been demonstrated theoretically and empirically.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262025461
Publisher: MIT
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 320.011
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 536
Weight: 1198g
Height: 229mm
Width: 178mm
Spine width: 38mm