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Somit, Albert

Works: 60 works in 245 publications in 2 languages and 8,702 library holdings
Genres: History  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Author of introduction
Classifications: JA84.U5, 320.973
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American political science; a profile of a discipline by Albert Somit( Book )
10 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 569 libraries worldwide
Darwinism, dominance, and democracy : the biological bases of authoritarianism by Albert Somit( Book )
12 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 310 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 299 libraries worldwide
The Dynamics of evolution : the punctuated equilibrium debate in the natural and social sciences by Albert Somit( Book )
16 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and held by 288 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 243 libraries worldwide
Arguing for an evolutionary perspective, this book directly challenges the Standard Social Science Model (SSSM) on which public policy has often been based. The SSSM maintains that human behavior is solely the product of culture and learning. In sharp contrast, the Evolutionary Model (EM) holds that our behavior 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 behavior understandably lead to divergent conceptions of sound domestic and foreign policy. The SSSM views human behavior 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
Hierarchy and democracy ( Book )
8 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 235 libraries worldwide
Birth order and political behavior by Albert Somit( Book )
6 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 211 libraries worldwide
The Victorious incumbent : a threat to democracy? ( Book )
5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 166 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 103 libraries worldwide
This text examines the emergence of a group of practitioners who advocate "a more biologically oriented" approach to their social science's subject matter. This contention directly challenges the basic tenets underlying the long-dominant standard social science model. Advocates of this model believe that human behavior is not meaningfully influenced by our evolutionary background, but is instead learned
Biopolitics and mainstream political science : a master bibliography by Albert Somit( Book )
2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 70 libraries worldwide
Biopolitics and the mainstream : contributions of biology to political science ( Book )
5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 51 libraries worldwide
Handbook of biology and politics ( Book )
9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
Moving away from the long-established paradigm which holds that all political behavior is learned via socialization, this Handbook assesses the contributions of biology to political science, illustrating that behavior is in actual fact shaped by the interplay between learning and biological influences. Describing how a more biologically-oriented approach expands and enriches political science, both conceptually and in terms of its research capabilities, key chapters focus on general biological approaches to politics, biopolitical contributions to mainstream areas within political science, and linkages between biology and public policy. Providing specific examples of how Neo-Darwinism can contribute to more successful public policies, the Handbook further emphasizes the close ties between a realistic understanding of human political behavior and the likelihood that our species successfully resolves the problems that now threaten its welfare. Original and thought-provoking, this Handbook will prove an enriching read for political scientists starting to consider the value of biological factors in influencing political behavior, as well as for behavioural scientists in other areas experiencing the same paradigm shifts. Biologists will also find further grounding for their research into biological and behavioral science
Zheng zhi ke xue yu wei lai yan jiu by Suo mi( Book )
2 editions published in 1977 in Chinese and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Biology and politics by Paris Conference on Biology and Politics( Book )
1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Biology and Political Behavior : the Brain, Genes and Politics - The Cutting Edge by Albert Somit( file )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
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