Ronald Wintrobe is Professor of Economics and Co- Director of the Political Economy Research Group at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of Rational Extremism: The Political Economy of Radicalism (2006), The Political Economy of Dictatorship (1998), and (with Albert Breton) of The Logic of Bureaucratic Conduct (1982), all published by Cambridge University Press. He is also editor or coeditor of 9 other books, and of many articles in professional journals and books. He has also written two radio programs on political economy for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Ideas” series.