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Publication date: 25 September 2013

Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson

Purpose – This chapter provides one aspect of the organizational side of the biology and politics enterprise.Design/methodology/approach – This chapter…

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Purpose – This chapter provides one aspect of the organizational side of the biology and politics enterprise.

Design/methodology/approach – This chapter provides a historical description of two organizations that help to structure the “business” of biology and politics: The International Political Science Association’s (IPSA) Research Committee #12 and the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences (APLS).

Findings – Research Committee #12 had its origins in the early 1970s, whereas APLS came about in the later 1970s. The discussion of these two organizations gives the reader a better sense of the twin enterprises. In the process of discussing APLS, the chapter also outlines the contributions of its professional journal, Politics and the Life Sciences.

Originality/value – Seldom has there been a detailed discussion of these two organizations in one place.

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Publication date: 25 September 2013

Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson

Purpose – The chapter provides background for the reader, lending context to the aims of this book. Design/methodology/approach – This…

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Purpose – The chapter provides background for the reader, lending context to the aims of this book.

Design/methodology/approach – This chapter begins by placing the study of biology and politics in a larger framework. It also compares and contrasts the biological perspective of politics with the mainstream view. Finally, the chapter orients the reader by providing a brief summary of the volume’s contents.

Findings – An introductory chapter would seldom provide findings. However, its goal is to provide the reader with context.

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The world of biology and politics: Organization and research areas
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-728-3

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Publication date: 25 March 2011

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Biology and Politics
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-580-9

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Publication date: 14 June 2012

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Biopolicy: The Life Sciences and Public Policy
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ISBN: 978-1-78052-821-2

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Publication date: 21 October 2014

Joseph Losco

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Politics and the Life Sciences: The State of the Discipline
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ISBN: 978-1-78441-108-4

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Publication date: 25 September 2013

Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson

Purpose – This chapter makes sense of the volume and suggests avenues for future research. Design/methodology/approach – This chapter…

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Purpose – This chapter makes sense of the volume and suggests avenues for future research.

Design/methodology/approach – This chapter reflects upon some of the challenges facing biology and politics; it offers two case studies of areas calling for more research and discussion.

Findings – Some evolutionary theorists criticize religion. In the process, they undermine the ability to reach out to religious people about the value of evolutionary theory. Two case studies – group selection and genetic bases of political behavior – are examined to illustrate ongoing issues that call for further attention

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The world of biology and politics: Organization and research areas
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-728-3

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Publication date: 25 September 2013

Milton Lodge, Albert Somit, Andrea Bonnicksen and Rebecca J. Hannagan

Purpose – This chapter is designed to acquaint readers with examples of and issues in graduate education in biology and politics.…

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Purpose – This chapter is designed to acquaint readers with examples of and issues in graduate education in biology and politics.

Design/methodology/approach – The main method adopted is the case study. Several programs or suggestions of how a program might develop are provided.

Findings – There are several examples of graduate education in biology and politics. These illustrate how different departments carry out educating students in biology and politics. Approaches include a biology and politics track in a political science program or interdisciplinary collaborations.

Research limitations – There are only a handful of case studies. Considering how other programs work would be a useful future research initiative to pursue.

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The world of biology and politics: Organization and research areas
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-728-3

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Publication date: 25 March 2011

Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson

Biopolitics is not altogether a felicitous term used to describe the approach of those political scientists who use biological concepts, with neo-Darwinian evolutionary…

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Biopolitics is not altogether a felicitous term used to describe the approach of those political scientists who use biological concepts, with neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory at the center, and biological research techniques to study, explain, predict, and sometimes even to prescribe political phenomena.

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Biology and Politics
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-580-9

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Publication date: 21 October 2014

Robert H. Blank

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Politics and the Life Sciences: The State of the Discipline
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ISBN: 978-1-78441-108-4

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Publication date: 14 June 2012

Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson

Purpose – This chapter introduces the volume to the reader and provides a simple case study of the value of evolutionary theory for public policy.

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Purpose – This chapter introduces the volume to the reader and provides a simple case study of the value of evolutionary theory for public policy.

Design/methodology/approach – The scope of this chapter is to lay out a map of the rest of the volume for the reader, provide an explanation of the subject of biopolicy, and use a case study analysis to illustrate the approach adopted in this book.

Findings – While this chapter is at one level a simple introduction, at another level it tries to orient to reader to the remainder of the larger work. The one case study illustrates an approach using evolutionary theory to examine policy implications of knowledge from the life sciences.

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Biopolicy: The Life Sciences and Public Policy
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ISBN: 978-1-78052-821-2

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