Edited by Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit
Chapter 11: Comparative politics and biology
Biology has important implications for the study of comparative politics. Early in this chapter, previous research linking biology and comparative politics are surveyed. One take-off point for this chapter is how to compare biology properly with respect to politics. One approach is to explore different forms of similarity. Several concepts for comparison are examined: homology, analogy, homo-analogy, and homodynamy. Finally, the chapter looks at ‘big theory’ linking biology with politics. One key example discussed is evolutionary institutionalism. In the final analysis, biology has important implications for understanding and studying comparative politics.
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