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The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics

The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics

作者 : Bruce Bueno de Mesquita/ Alastair Smith

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「馬基維利的《君王論》有了一個新對手,那就是Bruce Bueno de Mesquita與Alastair Smith的《獨裁者手冊》(Dictator’s Handbook)…。這是一次非常棒的、引發思考的閱讀。我發現自己並不想同意,但實際上是,書中大部分的內容卻說服我相信這種憤世嫉俗、損人利己的分析竟然是真的。」- Enlightenment Economics 

「在本書中,Bruce Bueno de Mesquita與Alastair Smith教導我們的是,將獨裁視為另外一種政治形式,從這個觀點來看,他們加深了我們對所有政治體制的理解。」- 芝加哥大學經濟系教授Roger Myerson 

本書的兩位作者Bruce Bueno de Mesquita與Alastair Smith和他們的團隊,花了18年的時間,對政治學做了革命性的研究,顛覆了傳統的政治學智慧。他們只是從一個簡單的主張開始:不管做什麼事,領導人手握的就是權力,他們不在乎所謂的「國家利益」,非到必要,他們甚至不關心他們的百姓。

這本巧妙且容易上手的書,顯現了暴君與民主人士之間的區別,只不過是故弄玄虛。政府之間的區別不在於型態,而在於支持者或者需要這種政府的人數多寡。這群人的大小就幾乎決定了關於政治學的所有事物,包括:領導者做了錯事卻可以免責,以及在這樣的政府底下人民的生活品質或悲慘程度。

作者在書中描繪的風景並不美麗,但可能的真相是,對每個人來說,想要改善人治,從兩位作者的觀點出發,是一個很好的開始。

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.
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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
紐約大學政治學教授。

Alastair Smith
紐約大學政治學教授,曾經獲得三次美國國家科學基金會的補助經費,2005年榮獲Karl Deutsch獎,這個獎項每兩年頒發一次,用來鼓勵40歲以下最佳的國際關係研究學者。

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is the Julius Silver Professor of Politics and director of the Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy at New York University. He is the author of 16 books, including The Predictioneer's Game.

Alastair Smith 
Alastair Smith is professor of politics at New York University. The recipient of three grants from the National Science Foundation and author of three books, he was chosen as the 2005 Karl Deutsch Award winner, given biennially to the best international relations scholar under the age of 40.

They are also the authors of The Spoils of War: Greed, Power, and the Conflicts That Made Our Greatest Presidents.
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