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Human Nature and Public Policy An Evolutionary Approach

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ISBN-10: 1403962855

ISBN-13: 9781403962850

Edition: 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Albert Somit, Steven A. Peterson, Steven A. Peterson

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The essays in this collection explore the implications that the growing challenge from "evolutionary" concepts of human nature have in various policyareas and show what must be done to ensure that policies conform to humanbehavior and its limits for change. As our conceptualizations of humanbehavior switch from one that says human behavior is a product of culture(through learning and socialization) to one that claims that behavior isthe outcome of both cultyre and genetics and biology, it is necessary for public policy to change as well. The contributors in this volume examine what happens when it is no longer possible to base policy solely on the basis ofculturally-constructed human…    
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Book details

List price: $54.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 7/3/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 266
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.792

List of Contributors
The Evolutionary Approach and the Standard Social Science Model (SSSM) Understanding of Human Nature and Human Behavior: Policy Relevance
From Human Nature to Public Policy: Evolutionary Theory Challenges the "Standard Model"
From Theory to Practice: Caveat Emptor
Implications for Domestic Policy
Prostitution--An Evolutionary Perspective
Relating to the Environment: Legacy and Learning
Neuroscience, Free Will, and Individual Responsibility: Implications for Addictive Behavior
The Cultural Evolution of Dying: Euthanasia in the Netherlands
Biosocial Theorizing and Criminal Justice Policy
Evolution and Political Marketing
Explore and Exploit: An Evolutionary Analysis of Institutional Dynamics
MacLean's Evolutionary Neuroscience and the Conflict Systems Neurobehavioral Model: Some Clinical and Social Policy Implications
Altruism and Good Samaritan Law
Implications for International Policy
An Ecological Approach to Agricultural Biotechnology Policy
Ethnic Conflict and State Building
Genetic and Cultural Evolution: Implications for International Security Policies