Bueno de Mesquita on EconTalk

August 12, 2008

This week’s EconTalk podcast is a conversation with Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, a political scientist at NYU. Bueno de Mesquita, along with Mike Munger, is among EconTalk’s most interesting and informative guests. And, unlike the Munger podcasts, the conversations with Bueno de Mesquita have actually had a significant influence on the way that I think about politics (as opposed to Munger, with whom I already agreed).

Among the questions addressed this week:

What constrains the choices of political leaders? How do we know when a politician is “irrational”? How dangerous is Iran?

Previous episodes can be found here and here,* and have interesting answers to these questions:

What does “corruption” mean? What is the goal of US foreign aid, and is aid effective? How do governments distribute the resources under their control? Why do some leaders prefer closed, command economies?

I highly recommend these podcasts. It’s also possible to get them via iTunes.

* If you have read King Leopold’s Ghost,** you will want to listen to this podcast

** If you didn’t read King Leopold’s Ghost, you should. It is excellent.

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One Response to “Bueno de Mesquita on EconTalk”

  1. tripinchina Says:

    King Leopold’s Ghost is awesome!


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