STRATAGEMS & SPOILS: A Social Anthropology of Politics • F.G. Bailey
Shocken Books / 1970
Paperback / 240 pages

In Bailey's analysis, Swat Pathan chiefs, cosa nostra gangsters, General de Gaulle, and the Untouchables in a rural Indian village (for example) are shown employing similar strategies, both effective and ineffective, to win and hold followers while eroding the support of their opponents. Provocative and insightful, Stratagems and Spoils provides a conceptual toolkit for analyzing, in any culture, the rules that regulate political contests and determine who will win and who will lose.

︎Condition note: A used book in good condition. Tanning to cover and pages.  Interior pages are free of marks or underlinings.