Jonathan Culp offers the following comment: “While we're on this topic, I think it would be wonderful if Bob could give us some commentary on Bruce Bueno de Mesquita's "The Logic of Political Survival" and/or "The Dictator's Handbook." Since Bob is well-versed in rat choice but not mystified by it, I think we could really learn a lot. BdM uses rat choice to build a theory of political incentives which could explain why Wallerstein is right about the need for constitutional limitations and why violent revolutions often end so badly.”
Far be it from me to pull back the curtain, like Toto in The Wizard of Oz, and reveal the Wizard to be nothing more than an old fraud pumping a smoke machine, but I had never so much as heard of “rat choice.” So I went to Google and came up with this essay, which I have just finished reading. I have to confess it did not inspire me to seek out the writings of Bruce Bueno de Mesquita. Give me some time to look into it and see whether it is something I want to devote time to.