Edited by Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit
Chapter 8: Evolutionary psychology and political psychology: how to use evolutionary psychology to theorize about political psychology
This chapter discusses the contributions that biology can make to one subfield in political science: how evolutionary psychology provides a toolkit for generating hypotheses in political psychology, a subfield within the discipline that has attained a substantial level of interest. The concepts and theoretical assumptions of evolutionary psychology are described and their applications to political psychology are developed. To illustrate the relevance of evolutionary psychology, one case study is provided: the deservingness hypothesis. The focus is on the extent to which welfare recipients are considered as deserving or undeserving. The implications of this from an evolutionary perspective are outlined. This case study suggests a role for evolutionary theory in our understanding of political psychology.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.