political behaviour

Does incumbency, salary, and district magnitude affect the decision and ability of women and visible minorities to win municipal office?

That's the research question of a new paper that Zac Spicer, Michael McGregor, and I have published in the latest issue of Electoral Studies.  

Genes, Politics, and Epigenetics: Wonderfully Messy Complexity

Following on Chris's theme of genes and politics, I want to remark on a contrast in his post between the approaches political scientists have adopted from behavioural and population genetics, on the one hand, and findings on the health benefits of vitamin D, on the other.

Genes, Politics, and Vitamin D

There is now a large and well-established literature in political science that examines the relationship between genes (as well as other biological aspects) and a variety of political attitudes, behaviour, and phenomena.

In their classic article on whether political orientations are genetically transmitted, Alford, Funk, and Hibbing argue: