Bruce Bueno de Mesquita on Democracies and Dictatorships

EconTalk | 12 February 2007 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bruce Bueno de Mesquita about the incentives facing dictators and democratic leaders. Both face competition from rivals and try to please their constituents and cronies to stay in power. He applies his ‘selectorate’ framing to foreign aid, the Middle East, Venezuela, the potential for China’s evolution to a more democratic system, and Cuba. Along the way, he explains why true democracy is more than just elections – it depends crucially on freedom of assembly and freedom of the press.

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita on the Spoils of War

EconTalk | 12 December 2016 | 1h 15m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with political scientist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, co-author of The Spoils of War. Backgrounds the correlation between US presidential reputations and the number of people dying while that president is in office. Argues that the decision to go to war is made in self-interested ways and makes the case for a revisionist perspective on the presidencies of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and others.