“A major paradigmatic contribution relevant well beyond political science, Man Is by Nature a Political Animal provides a primer of what has been happening at the intersection of political science, biology, and cognitive neuroscience for the past twenty years. Hatemi and McDermott have put together a formidable group of the most creative scholars in the discipline, each of whom has attempted to show how the various methodologies and theoretical frameworks operate.”
(John M. Orbell, University of Oregon)
“In Man Is by Nature a Political Animal, Hatemi and McDermott present the first serious attempt to provide a systematic overview of new developments [in political psychology] in a book that may appeal to both scholars and general readers. They bring together the most up-to-date theoretical, methodological, and empirical frameworks and perspectives on political attitudes and behaviors, including evolutionary biology and psychology, genetics, physiology, and neuroscience. Their book calls for real crossdisciplinary work on political behavior that will resonate within intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary discourse. . . . Not only does this book contribute to the field in making its recent achievements and advances known to both scholars and the general public, but also, and perhaps more importantly, it goes a long way in guiding its future research.”
About the Author
Peter K. Hatemi associate professor of political science, microbiology, and biochemistry at Pennsylvania State University and a research fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
Rose McDermott is professor of political science at Brown University. She is the author of numerous books, including Presidential Leadership, Illness, and Decision Making.