Recommended books by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

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Product picture for The Dictators Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
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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...
Book cover from The Logic of Political Survival (MIT Press) by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
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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...
Book cover from Principles of International Politics: War, Peace, and World Order by Bruce Bueno De Mesquita
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Renowned scholar Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, who set the standard for the scientific approach to international relations and transformed the field, has returned with a reformulated fifth edition based on extensive reviewer feedback and guided by an emphasis on questions about the causes and consequences of war, peace, and world order. More than ever before, the strategic perspective in international relations is examined with complete clarity, precision, and accessibility.aWhat hasnEt changed is...
Book cover from El manual del dictador / The dictators handbook: Por qué la mala conducta es casi siempre buena política / Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics (Spanish Edition) by Bruce Bueno De Mesquita
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¿Por qué muchos dirigentes que han arruinado a sus países se mantienen tanto tiempo en el poder? ¿Cómo puede ser que países ricos en recursos tengan a gran parte de la población en la pobreza? ¿Por qué las autocracias tienen unas políticas económicas tan funestas? ¿Por qué a las democracias se les da tan bien la guerra? Des
Book cover from The Spoils of War: Greed, Power, and the Conflicts That Made Our Greatest Presidents by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
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Why are America's most beloved presidents also our most dangerous?

It's striking how many of the presidents Americans venerate-Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy, to name a few-oversaw some of the republic's bloodiest years. Perhaps they were driven by the needs of the American people and the nation. Or maybe they were just looking out for themselves.

This revealing and entertaining book puts some of America's greatest leaders under the...
Book cover from The Predictioneers Game: Using the Logic of Brazen Self-Interest to See and Shape the Future by Bruce Bueno De Mesquita
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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is a master of game theory, which is a fancy label for a simple idea: People compete, and they always do what they think is in their own best interest. Bueno de Mesquita uses game theory and its insights into human behavior to predict and even engineer political, financial, and personal events. His forecasts, which have been employed by everyone from the CIA to major business firms, have an amazing 90 percent accuracy rate, and in this dazzling and revelatory book he...
Book cover from War and Reason: Domestic and International Imperatives by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
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In this landmark work, two leading theorists of international relations analyze the strategies designed to avoid international conflict. Using a combination of game theory, statistical analysis, and detailed case histories, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and David Lalman evaluate the conditions that promote negotiation, the status quo, capitulation, acquiescence, and war.

The authors assess two competing theories on the role that domestic politics plays in foreign policy choices: one states...
Book cover from The Origin and Prevention of Major Wars (Studies in Interdisciplinary History) by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
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Since the development of the modern state system in Europe four centuries ago, there have been ten general wars involving a majority of the major powers and a high level of casualties. Another major war is difficult to conceive of, since it would presumably be the last such conflict, and yet it is not an impossibility. In this volume a distinguished group of political scientists and historians examine the origins of major wars and discuss the problems in preventing a nuclear war.
Book cover from The War Trap by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
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“This illuminating work is a masterful study that delves into the causes of war using a wholly new approach. Utilizing the assumptions of rational behavior, de Mesquita focuses on the perspective of decision making as an attempt to understand the phenomenon of war. . . . The book is highly stimulating. . . provocative, and certainly quite timely. . . a superb example of methodological exposition. . . Likely to appeal to the serious scholar of social sciences in general and of international...
Book cover from The Predictioneers Game: Using the Logic of Brazen Self-Interest to See and Shape the Future by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita (12-Oct-2010) Paperback by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
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