How to vote so as not to regret: what the book "Politicians Don't Lie"

Why voters are ready to sell themselves, and a high rating of a politician is a threat to democracy

Background: the authors of the book, Vadim Denisenko and Yuriy Vishnevsky, are Ukrainian political journalists with over 20 years of experience.

Denisenko is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Espresso TV. In 2014, he founded the Center for the Study of Russia and the Occupied Territories, which was the first to calculate how much Russia spends on the maintenance of the puppet regimes of the LDPR. 2014-2019 - People's Deputy. Developed government PR campaigns for 2017-2019.

In the book, the journalist shares his experience gained, as he himself says, “on opposite sides of the barricades” - in journalism and in parliament: “I worked in political journalism for 20 years and thought that I knew about politics or everything, or almost everything, then I ended up in the Ukrainian parliament, on the other side of the barricades, and for myself I realized that I only know certain passages about politics, and when I began to understand something, I realized that, being in parliament, about politics you can’t tell anything. ”

Vishnevsky has worked in a number of publications, since 2014 - the chief political observer of the "Business Capital". He is a co-author of three studies on the situation after the occupation of Donbass.

Journalists formulate 10 universal laws of applied political science that work in states with completely different levels of development, regardless of time and context. They do not claim to be complete, but they suggest starting somewhere.

Original title: Politicians Don't Lie.

Publisher: Our Format.

Circulation: 2000 copies.

Plot: the authors identified 10 universal laws governing politics, and explained them in surprisingly simple language, backing up their findings with links to scientific research by sociologists and political scientists.

In addition to theoretical aspects, each thesis is illustrated with vivid examples from world or Ukrainian history. So, by the way, the authors explain why "voters are ready to sell themselves" on the example of the successful election campaign of Leonid Chernovetskiy for the post of mayor of Kiev in 2006. Or why “a politician's high rating is a threat to democracy” based on the story of the Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe, who remained in power for 37 years, despite three big waves of the struggle for democracy.

You will like it if: you regularly think about such questions as: "Why are there so many anti-corruption bodies in Ukraine (12!), but we are still leading in almost all corruption anti-ratings of the world?" or "how and why Zelensky was able to defeat a number of experienced politicians in the 2019 presidential elections"?

The book will interest everyone who wants to understand why politicians interact with voters exactly the way we are used to seeing it, what prerequisites lead to the victory of separatism, and how corruption is born.