Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils is a sequel to the author's highly regarded Stratagems and Spoils.Treason, the new word in the title, indicates a heightened attention to morality?to ideas of duty and conscience?as a foil to rational calculations of advantage. By providing sets of propositions and questions that illuminate narratives of political events, this book helps anyone interested in struggles for power understand politics and political leaders in their own and in other cultures. The method can be used to make sense of power struggles in peasant villages, electoral and presidential maneuvering in the United States, the confusions of post-Soviet Eastern Europe, or Gandhi's morality deployed as a weapon to drive the British out of India.
* Preface * Part One: How to Understand: The Basics * The Aroma of Politics * The Toolbox * Part Two: How to Lead: Leaders and Followers * Decisions and Legitimacy * Controlling Followers * Politicians and Bureaucrats * In Search of Trust * Part Three: How to Win: Leaders and Opponents * Can't We All Get Along? * Three Types of Rule * Manipulation * Pragmatism * Recalcitrance and Factions * Revolution * Conculsion: The Normative Facade