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Smith, Alastair 1967-

Overview
Works: 19 works in 74 publications in 5 languages and 2,492 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history 
Roles: Author, Editor
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Alastair Smith
The dictator's handbook : why bad behavior is almost always good politics by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita( Book )

24 editions published between 2011 and 2018 in English and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains the theory of political survival, particularly in cases of dictators and despotic governments, arguing that political leaders seek to stay in power using any means necessary, most commonly by attending to the interests of certain coalitions
Punishing the prince : a theory of interstate relations, political institutions, and leader change by Fiona McGillivray( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines how the targeting of punishments against individual leaders, rather than the nation they represent, shapes the dynamics between interstate relations and leadership turnover and the moderating influence of domestic political institutions
The Spoils of War : Greed, Power, and the Conflicts That Made Our Greatest Presidents by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 it's because they looked out for important political causes. Or maybe they just looked out for themselves. This revealing and entertaining book puts some of America's greatest leaders under the microscope, showing how their calls for war, usually remembered as brave and noble, were in fact selfish and convenient. In every case, our presidents chose personal gain over national interest while loudly evoking justice and freedom. The result is an eye-opening retelling of American history, and a call for reforms that may make the future better. In this book, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith show that even leaders who proclaim the loftiest of intentions have concerns and motives that are far less pure than we might like. You'll never look at politics the same way again"--
Election timing by Alastair Smith( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Endogenous election timing allows leaders to schedule elections "when the time is right." Alastair Smith proposes and tests an informational theory of endogenous election timing that explains when leaders call for elections and the consequences of their decisions. In particular, he argues that, if all else is equal, leaders announce elections when they anticipate a decline in their future performance. As a consequence, an early election signals a leader's lack of confidence in future outcomes. The earlier that an election occurs relative to expectations, the stronger the signal of demise. Using data on British Parliaments since 1945, the author tests hypotheses related to the timing of elections, electoral support, and subsequent economic performance. Leaders who call elections early (relative to expectations) experience a decline in their popular support relative to preannouncement levels, have shorter campaigns, and experience worse postelectoral performance."--Jacket
Personalizing crises by Alastair Smith( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Personalizing Crises" is one essay in the "Essays in Public Policy" series of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. The essay was written by Alastair Smith and was published in October 2000. Smith asserts that the United States should improve on its policies involving the removal of foreign incumbents. This type of foreign policy allows the United States to target rogue leaders or regimes
The logic of political survival by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The authors construct a provocative theory on the selection of leaders and present specific formal models from which their central claims can be deduced. They show how political leaders allocate resources and how institutions for selecting leaders create incentives for leaders to pursue good and bad public policy. They also extend the model to explain the consequences of war on political survival. Throughout the book, they provide illustrations from history, ranging from ancient Sparta to Vichy France, and test the model against statistics gathered from cross-national data. The authors explain the political intuition underlying their theory in nontechnical language, reserving formal proofs for chapter appendixes. They conclude by presenting policy prescriptions based on what has been demonstrated theoretically and empirically."--Jacket
El manual del dictador : por qué la mala conducta es casi siempre buena política by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita( )

5 editions published in 2013 in Spanish and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains the theory of political survival, particularly in cases of dictators and despotic governments, arguing that political leaders seek to stay in power using any means necessary, most commonly by attending to the interests of certain coalitions
Election timing by Alastair Smith( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author proposes & tests an informational theory of endogenous election timing that explains when leaders call for elections & the consequences of their decisions. He argues that, all else being equal, leaders announce elections when they anticipate a decline in their future performance
The dictator's handbook : why bad behavior is almost always good politics by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita( )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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"--Container
Du cai zhe shou ce = The dictator's handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in Chinese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poradnik dyktatora czyli O politycznych zaletach niegodziwości by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Political Economy of Aid by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Foreign Aid and Policy Concessions by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

British Citizenship Test : Practice Questions : Questions and answers for the Life in the UK Test( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

When likely Losers choose War by Alastair Smith( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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1 edition published in 2012 in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Divergent Beliefs in "Bargaining and the Nature of War" : a Reply to Fey and Ramsay by Alastair Smith( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Impact of Leadership Turnover and Domestic Institutions on International Cooperation by Fiona McGillivray( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The dictator's handbook : why bad behavior is almost always good politics
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Punishing the prince : a theory of interstate relations, political institutions, and leader changeElection timingPersonalizing crisesThe logic of political survivalElection timingBritish Citizenship Test : Practice Questions : Questions and answers for the Life in the UK Test
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스미스, 알라스테어 1967-

スミス, アラスター

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