The Logic of Political Survival

  title={The Logic of Political Survival},
  author={Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith and Randolph M. Siverson and James D. Morrow},
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… 

Political Risk: The Institutional Dimension

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The Autocrat's Credibility Problem and Foundations of the Constitutional State

  • R. Myerson
  • Economics
    American Political Science Review
  • 2008
A political leader's temptation to deny costly debts to past supporters is a central moral-hazard problem in politics. This paper develops a game-theoretic model to probe the consequences of this