Genes, Brains, and Politics: Self-selection and Social Life
Praeger, 1993 - 193 sidor
White moves from a simple proposition maintaining that all individuals seek suitable surroundings to propose a provocative approach to social and political action. Rooting his position in modern life sciences and particularly in sociobiology and neurobiology, he establishes an IMPish model that is interactional, mentalist, and populational. Interactional in that both heredity and environment are credited for due influence on individuals' traits; mentalist in that individuals' actions can be purposeful rather than simply determined; and populational in his insistence that the unique persona must not be slighted in the rush to fashion statistics.
Applying his behavioral principles most notably relevant to self-selection and using examples derived from modern political action, White examines the importance of these fundamental orientations in the social and political orders. The work has implications for policy assessment and re-formulation. It constitutes a challenge to much of the widely accepted contemporary political theory and public policy approaches.
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'Individuals of extended views, and of national pride,' said Madison, might be
able to bring public proceedings to an enlightened cosmopolitan standard" (
Wood 1987, p. 75). Wood (1987, p. 76) also states that "many of the delegates to
When soon after the Revolution he undertook the leadership of the Potomac land
project that would lead to a series of political meetings culminating in the
Philadelphia constitutional convention in 1787, Madison commented on
James Madison. A descendant of one of the old landed families of Virginia, "
whose personal property was relatively small in amount," Madison himself seems
to have relied upon the involvements of office and his father's generosity as a ...
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