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Somit, Albert

Works: 59 works in 225 publications in 3 languages and 7,646 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Author of introduction
Classifications: JA80, 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 584 libraries worldwide
Biology and politics : recent explorations by Albert Somit( Book )
17 editions published in 1976 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 353 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 US would be better spent on problems facing the country domestically
Darwinism, dominance, and democracy : the biological bases of authoritarianism by Albert Somit( Book )
13 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 305 libraries worldwide
Nonetheless, the authors argue, conditions of material abundance combined with another human characteristicindoctrinability - can foster the emergence and maintenance of democracies. Somit and Peterson assert that an understanding of "human nature" from an evolutionary perspective can help to explain how and why political systems have developed. They conclude by pointing to policy implications that might enhance the odds of formation and continuation of democratic forms of government. Students and scholars of political science and philosophy, sociology, and human biology will find this an intriguing study
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 301 libraries worldwide
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 )
13 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and held by 283 libraries worldwide
Human nature and public policy : an evolutionary approach by Albert Somit( Book )
14 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 240 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
Hierarchy and democracy ( Book )
7 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 234 libraries worldwide
Birth order and political behavior by Albert Somit( Book )
5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 208 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 )
5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 100 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
Biopolicy : the life sciences and public policy by Albert Somit( Book )
13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 62 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. Among case studies provided here are the implications for distribution of wealth, the roots of foreign policy, violent behavior, policy decision-making, and the like. In the final analysis, this book provides examples of how the life sciences can inform public policy choices. Research in Biopolitics is the only book series that focuses specifically on the relationship between biology and politics, and provides contemporary research for practitioners, including anthropologists, sociologists, economists, biopolitical researchers, as well as students of law and political science
Biopolitics and the mainstream : contributions of biology to political science ( Book )
5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 53 libraries worldwide
Human nature and politics ( Book )
3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 48 libraries worldwide
Sociobiology and politics ( Book )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 42 libraries worldwide
The world of biology and politics : organization and research areas ( Book )
8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 28 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 )
6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 27 libraries worldwide
This volume examines cutting edge research in the study of biology and politics. Following an introduction from the editors it is divided into two main sections. The first part of the book explores the linkage between evolution, genetics and politics with initial chapters on abandoned baby legislation, a model of action and norms, and the biopolitics of primates. The next four chapters have a special focus on the use of twin studies to study political phenomena and provide a biological critique of twin studies, phenotypic measurement issues and twin studies, a survey of twin studies research, and an example of using twin studies to explore politically relevant behaviour. The second section looks at the relationship of brain science to our understanding of politics. With respect to the applicability of brain science it features chapters summarizing what literature exists as well as how to use neuroimaging techniques to study political behaviour
Biology and Political Behavior The Brain, Genes and Politics - The Cutting Edge by Albert Somit( file )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
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English (164)
French (3)
Chinese (2)
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