Handbook of Biology and Politics
Show Less

Handbook of Biology and Politics

Edited by Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit

The study of biology and politics (or biopolitics) has gained considerable currency in recent years, as articles on the subject have appeared in mainstream journals and books on the subject have been well received. The literature has increased greatly since the 1960s and 1970s, when this specialization first made an appearance. This volume assesses the contributions of biology to political science. Chapters focus on general biological approaches to politics, biopolitical contributions to mainstream areas within political science, and linkages between biology and public policy. The volume provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to the subject.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 11: Comparative politics and biology

Werner J. Patzelt


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.

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.

Further information

or login to access all content.