Biology and politics as an organizational enterprise

Albert Somit, Steven A. Peterson

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Purpose - This chapter provides one aspect of the organizational side of the biology and politics enterprise. Design/methodology/approach - This chapter provides a historical description of two organizations that help to structure the ''business'' of biology and politics: The International Political Science Association's (IPSA) Research Committee #12 and the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences (APLS). Findings - Research Committee #12 had its origins in the early 1970s, whereas APLS came about in the later 1970s. The discussion of these two organizations gives the reader a better sense of the twin enterprises. In the process of discussing APLS, the chapter also outlines the contributions of its professional journal, Politics and the Life Sciences. Originality/value - Seldom has there been a detailed discussion of these two organizations in one place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe World of Biology and Politics
Subtitle of host publicationOrganization and Research Areas
EditorsSteven Peterson, Albert Somit
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameResearch in Biopolitics
ISSN (Print)2042-9940

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law


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