Man Is by Nature a Political Animal: Evolution, Biology, and Politics

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Peter K. Hatemi, Rose McDermott
University of Chicago Press, Sep 1, 2011 - Political Science - 352 pages
In Man Is by Nature a Political Animal, Peter K. Hatemi and Rose McDermott bring together a diverse group of contributors to examine the ways in which evolutionary theory and biological research are increasingly informing analyses of political behavior. Focusing on the theoretical, methodological, and empirical frameworks of a variety of biological approaches to political attitudes and preferences, the authors consider a wide range of topics, including the comparative basis of political behavior, the utility of formal modeling informed by evolutionary theory, the genetic bases of attitudes and behaviors, psychophysiological methods and research, and the wealth of insight generated by recent research on the human brain. Through this approach, the book reveals the biological bases of many previously unexplained variances within the extant models of political behavior. The diversity of methods discussed and variety of issues examined here will make this book of great interest to students and scholars seeking a comprehensive overview of this emerging approach to the study of politics and behavior.

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1 Evolution as a Theory for Political Behavior
What Other Primates Can Tell Us about the Evolutionary Roots of Our Own Political Behavior
3 Formal Evolutionary Modeling for Political Scientists
4 Modeling the Cultural and Biological Inheritance of Social and Political Behavior in Twins and Nuclear Families
5 GeneEnvironment Interplay for the Study of Political Behaviors
6 Genes Games and Political Participation
Psychophysiology as an Approach toStudying Political Attitudes and Behaviors
8 Hormones and Politics
Experimental Evidence from the 2008 Presidential Election
10 From SCAN to Neuropolitics
11 Conclusion

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Peter K. Hatemi associate professor of political science, microbiology, and biochemistry at Pennsylvania State University and a research fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
Rose McDermott is professor of political science at Brown University. She is the author of numerous books, including Presidential Leadership, Illness, and Decision Making.

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