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The genetics of political attitudes

Peter K Hatemi, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

Political behavior just as all human behavior has biological origins. This examination explains the variation in political behavior as being partly heritable potentially derived from evolutionary natural selection pressures, partly familial socialization and finally, partly unique experience. I present empirical evidence that the traditional environmental theories of political behavior, rational choice and behavioralism, do not adequately explain all the variance in human political behavior; neither theory attempts to take into account where preferences come from, rather they focus entirely on an individual's reaction to their environment. Analyzing twin data from the perspective of biometrical genetic theory combined with the methods of behavior genetics, this study examines the additive genetic, common environment and unique environmental sources of political attitudes, party identification and vote choice.^

Subject Area

Psychology, Behavioral|Psychology, Social|Political Science, General

Recommended Citation

Hatemi, Peter K, "The genetics of political attitudes" (2007). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3258734.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI3258734

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