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PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS: People's Power, Preferences, And Perceptions by Bruce Bueno De Mesquita
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 7.4" Height: 1.4" Weight: 2.9 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2005
Publisher CQ Press
ISBN 1933116110 ISBN13 9781933116112
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More About Bruce Bueno De Mesquita
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. He is the author of 16 books, including The Predictioneer's Game. Alastair Smith is professor of politics at New York University. The recipient of three grants from the National Science Foundation and author of three books, he was chosen as the 2005 Karl Deutsch Award winner, given biennially to the best international relations scholar under the age of 40.
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita was born in 1946 and has an academic affiliation as follows - New York University.
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Great Politics Book Aug 22, 2006
Ignore the previous bad reviews for this textbook. It does a very good job of presenting the fundementals of International Politics and discussing the different schools of thought on the subject (this book is a believer in the "all politicians strive to keep themselves in power" theory, which is a contrast to other international political theories)
The book also covers all of the basic game theory over the first 10-12 chapters that you will need to know for most politics courses.
Principles Jul 3, 2006
This is a marvellous book that moves beyond the loose metaphors that pass for theory in most of international relations. I sincerely hope no one pays the slightest attention to the junk some people write in their reviews for this site. What a bunch of nit wits. Fat Bob
poorly written and obvious Nov 28, 2005
political leaders are motivated by their desire to stay in power? REALLY? wow, talk about obvious. and yet his book manages to explain the implications of this in the most convoluted, annoying way possible. he talks about terms he never defines, doesn't explain his math properly, and cites himself far more often than is necessary. this book is the only one that discusses issues in the abstract (so said my polisci prof), but it could still be written better.
Super transaction Sep 16, 2005
Shipping was super fast, and book brand new, low price, and good communication, highly recommended
Self-Righteous Feb 5, 2003
Throughout this text, Bueno de Mesquita tries to convey to the reader his belief that all wars and conflicts in the history of the world could have been avoided if only the decision makers had read his book. And through it all, he manages to project a sense of self-righteous superiority that I have never before seen in a book designed to be a textbook. I personally think that his theory has merit, but it is not the cure-all for international politics. He uses many examples, some of which are good and some of which are bad. An example of the latter is found in the chapter on preferences (9) when he spends about 10 pages on an inane and contrived example concerning a soda machine and the choices involved. Stick with examples involving the subject of the book! Also, he likes to refer to himself a lot. There is one instance in which he refers to his own past works 5 times in 2 consecutive paragraphs. This so annoyed me that I began highlighting each incident of self-citation, which generally occurs on every page.
That being said, if you're interested in BDM's strategic theory of International Relations, this is a good book, but if you want a more objective and comprehensive explanation of various IR theories, I would go with something else.