Autumn Lecture Series: "Bad Governance is Good Politics!"
NYU's Bruce Bueno de Mesquita on the difference between tyrants and democrats (hint: not much)
POUGHKEEPSIE (October 29, 2014) – Professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita’s provocative talk, based on his book The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics, will provide a way to understand how political worlds work, as well as provocative insights into the limitations of foreign aid, the logic of political competition, and current international affairs.
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 and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is also a partner in Mesquita & Roundell, LLC, a New York-based firm that consults with the CIA and Department of Defense, among others.
Dr. Bueno de Mesquita’s recent books include Principles of International Politics, 4th edition (CQ Press, 2009), The Strategy of Campaigning (University of Michigan, 2007), and the award-wining The Logic of Political Survival (MIT, 2003). He has written widely for academic journals, major magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and International Herald Tribune. He has been the subject of feature stories in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, US News and World Reports, The Independent, The Financial Times and a two-hour documentary on the History Channel. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, and a former Guggenheim Fellow. Dr. Bueno de Mesquita has received the 2007 South Korea’s DMZ Peace Prize and numerous other academic honors.