Human Nature and Public Policy: An Evolutionary Approach
The essays in this collection explore the implications that the growing challenge from "evolutionary" concepts of human nature have in various policyareas and show what must be done to ensure that policies conform to humanbehavior and its limits for change. As our conceptualizations of humanbehavior switch from one that says human behavior is a product of culture(through l...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 4th 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published 2003)
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Dec 25, 2008 Steven Peterson added it · (Review from the author) · review of another edition
This is a co-edited volume, in which essays that we solicited address the extent to which human nature (as a function of our evolutionary history) affects policy decisions by governments. Those policies that move against our findamental natures are apt to face challenges to succeed.
Human Nature and Public Policy is a collection of essays from people from various intellectual backgrounds who argue that an evolutionary approach must be taken with regard a diversity of topics related to public policy. Some of these authors' evolutionary explanations and policy arguments would be agreeable to most people whereas others are controversial. Arguments are made for the following topics: 1) the legalization of prostitution; 2) the need for people to be scientifically educated about...more
Aug 20, 2012 Morgon rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I actually read the Paper copy (vs. the online one) in 2004 after seeing it in a used book shop. It would teach me how important Anthropology, and evolution can be towards a Democratic government, or any Government for that matter. Not only were the essays well written but the comparisons and objectives made were clear and easy to understand. A book in which I thought "Oh now I get it.". It showed me a new perspective of thought that would come quite in handy later on during my first career. I c...more
Steve Peterson was born in Kewanee, Illinois. He graduated from Kewanee High School and then received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Bradley University (in Peoria, Illinois). Then, he went to the State University of New York at Buffalo for graduate study; he received his Ph. D. in Political Science in 1974. He began teaching at Alfred University in 1973 and taught there until he m...moreMore about Steven A. Peterson...