Is there a universal formula for getting and keeping power? Alastair Smith says there is, and it often involves what he calls ‘bad behaviour’. Maria Armoudian talks to Smith about what dictators, CEOs, and political leaders have in common and explores some of their strategies for getting and keeping power.

Alastair Smith is a Professor of Politics at New York University. He is an expert in international relations and is the co-author of The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics.

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