Cloth $86.00 ISBN: 9780226319094 Published September 2011
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226319100 Published September 2011
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Man Is by Nature a Political Animal

Evolution, Biology, and Politics

Edited by Peter K. Hatemi and Rose McDermott

Edited by Peter K. Hatemi and Rose McDermott

352 pages | 20 line drawings, 27 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Cloth $86.00 ISBN: 9780226319094 Published September 2011
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226319100 Published September 2011
E-book $7.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226319117 Published September 2011
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.
John M. Orbell, University of Oregon
“A major paradigmatic contribution relevant well beyond political science, Man Is by Nature a Political Animal provides a primer of what has been happening at the intersection of political science, biology, and cognitive neuroscience for the past twenty years. Hatemi and McDermott have put together a formidable group of the most creative scholars in the discipline, each of whom has attempted to show how the various methodologies and theoretical frameworks operate.”
Political Psychology
“In Man Is by Nature a Political Animal, Hatemi and McDermott present the first serious attempt to provide a systematic overview of new developments [in political psychology] in a book that may appeal to both scholars and general readers. They bring together the most up-to-date theoretical, methodological, and empirical frameworks and perspectives on political attitudes and behaviors, including evolutionary biology and psychology, genetics, physiology, and neuroscience. Their book calls for real crossdisciplinary work on political behavior that will resonate within intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary discourse. . . . Not only does this book contribute to the field in making its recent achievements and advances known to both scholars and the general public, but also, and perhaps more importantly, it goes a long way in guiding its future research.”
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