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Somit, Albert

Works: 56 works in 229 publications in 3 languages and 8,058 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: JA84.U5, 320.0973
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Publications about Albert Somit
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Most widely held works by Albert Somit
The development of [American] political science: from Burgess to behavioralism by Albert Somit( Book )
6 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 630 libraries worldwide
Biology and politics : recent explorations by Albert Somit( Book )
19 editions published between 1976 and 2000 in English and French and held by 359 libraries worldwide
The failure of democratic nation building : ideology meets evolution by Albert Somit( Book )
22 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 354 libraries worldwide
Throughout history authoritarian governments have outnumbered democratic ones to an overwhelming degree. Even today, true democracies are an exception. In this book, Somit and Peterson argue that the main reason for this pattern is that humans are social primates with an innate tendency for hierarchical and authoritarian social and political structures. Democracy requires very special 'enabling conditions' before it can be supported by a state, conditions that require decades to evolve. As a result, attempts to export democracy through nation-building to states without these enabling conditions are doomed to failure. The authors argue that money and energy devoted to nation-building around the globe by the U.S. would be better spent on problems facing the country domestically
Darwinism, dominance, and democracy : the biological bases of authoritarianism by Albert Somit( Book )
12 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 308 libraries worldwide
Somit and Peterson seek to explain two apparently contradictory yet well-established political phenomena: First, throughout human history, the vast majority of political societies have been authoritarian. Second, notwithstanding this pattern, from time to time, democracies do emerge and some even have considerable stability. A neo-Darwinian approach can help make sense of these observations. Humans - social primates - have an inborn bias toward authoritarian life, based on their tendency to engage in dominance behavior and the formation of dominance hierarchies. Reinforcing this bias is an impulse toward obedience. These factors are associated with the propensity of humans to accept authoritarian systems
The political behavior of older Americans by Steven A Peterson( Book )
4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 302 libraries worldwide
Political science and the study of the future by Albert Somit( Book )
12 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and Chinese and held by 298 libraries worldwide
The Dynamics of evolution : the punctuated equilibrium debate in the natural and social sciences by Albert Somit( Book )
15 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and held by 284 libraries worldwide
Human nature and public policy : an evolutionary approach by Albert Somit( Book )
18 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 242 libraries worldwide
Arguing for an evolutionary perspective, this text directly challenges the standard social science model (SSSM) on which public policy has often been based. The SSSM maintains that human behaviour is solely the product of culture and learning. In sharp contrast, the evolutionary model (EM) holds that our behaviour flows from the interaction between learning and culture, on the one hand, and biological factors - especially our evolutionary legacy - on the other. These different approaches to human behaviour understandably lead to divergent conceptions of sound domestic and foreign policy. The SSSM views human behaviour as essentially plastic and thus readily changed by governmental action. Disagreeing, the evolutionary model sees that malleability as seriously limited by our species' evolved propensity for aggression, status seeking, xenophobia, ethnocentrism and hierarchical social structures
Birth order and political behavior by Albert Somit( Book )
5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 209 libraries worldwide
Hierarchy and democracy ( Book )
4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 178 libraries worldwide
The Victorious incumbent : a threat to democracy? ( Book )
5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 169 libraries worldwide
Evolutionary approaches in the behavioral sciences : toward a better understanding of human nature ( Book )
6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 102 libraries worldwide
Consequently, the possibility that our behavior is genetically influenced is often ignored. The advocates of a "more biologically oriented" approach are attempting, in effect, an intellectual revolution. Part I of this volume examines, discipline by discipline, the history of the evolutionary thrust, leading figures and key literature, the degree of acceptance (or rejection) within each discipline, and the likely future prospects. Part II discusses the biobehavioral approach on a geographic basis, with experts assessing the status of evolutionary behavioural science across a number of countries and regions
Biopolitics and mainstream political science : a master bibliography by Albert Somit( Book )
2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 69 libraries worldwide
Hierarchy and democracy ( Book )
3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 56 libraries worldwide
Biopolitics and the mainstream : contributions of biology to political science ( Book )
5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 52 libraries worldwide
Biopolicy : the life sciences and public policy by Albert Somit( Book )
12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 48 libraries worldwide
Biology can inform public policy in a number of ways. This volume explores the linkage of the life sciences with policy (what the book refers to as biopolicy). It features two points of departure: the implications of the neurosciences for public policy; and the implications of evolutionary theory for policy-making. The first part of the book provides an introduction to the subject of biopolicy as well as the relevance of the brain sciences and evolutionary theory for this subject. The second part considers several case studies of how these points of departure inform our knowledge of policy. Am
The world of biology and politics : organization and research areas ( Book )
10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
This volume describes (a) the present academic and institutional status of Biopolitics and (b) the wide range of research areas that have emerged within the field
Biology and politics : the cutting edge by Albert Somit( Book )
7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
Pt. 1. Introduction -- pt. 2. Genes, evolution, and politics -- pt. 3. The brain and political behavior
Biology and political behavior : the cutting edge by Albert Somit( Book )
7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
This volume examines cutting edge research in the study of biology and politics and investigates the linkage between evolution, genetics, and politics, and the relationship of brain science to our understanding of politics. Several chapters provide a special focus on the use of twin studies to understand the genetics of political behaviour
Biopolitics and international values : investigating liberal norms by Ralph Pettman( Book )
3 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Biopolitics and International Values: Investigating Liberal Norms attempts to provide as profound an understanding of human behavior as possible. It sorts out the subjective meanings we share with other people that define our cultures and the symbolic contexts that surround us all. The book begins with a discussion of the sources of order in contemporary world politics, in particular the intellectual and moral values that have come to prevail there (the European doctrines of social justice and human rights, and the underlying assumptions they make about human fraternity, equality, liberty, and
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English (172)
French (3)
Chinese (2)
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