What is Selectorate Theory in political science?

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  • This refers to a theory of politics which elaborates on how various kinds of political leaders capture and hold on to power.
  • It states that leaders primarily care about nothing else but staying in power for as long as possible, and try to manoeuvre their actions accordingly.
  • Further, it elaborates on five rules that smart leaders need to follow to extend their stay in power, and what these rules mean for the welfare of society.
  • It was proposed by American political scientist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita in a number of works including his 2011 book, The Dictator’s Handbook, co-authored with Alastair Smith.