Handbook of Biology and Politics
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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.
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Chapter 16: Public administration and the life sciences: pathways forward

Joseph Losco

Abstract

Advances in the life sciences are impacting all of the social sciences in distinctive ways. Changes are most evident in the fields of psychology and economics. Evolutionary theory, genopolitics and neuroscience are all contributing to advances in the study of politics as well. Not all political scientists are convinced, but it is clear that life science findings can no longer be ignored. The same impact has not yet been realized in the field of public administration. We explore the potential impact of life science findings for generating a more accurate portrait of human action that can inform our understanding of bureaucratic pathologies, decision-making and leadership, organizational behavior, and ethics in the conduct of public administration.

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