New study finds evidence that political ambition can be genetically inherited from one’s parent

first_imgShare Share on Facebook LinkedIn “A second reason why it is important to be better able to explain political behavior is of a more normative nature. It is often asserted that the essence of politics is power and power relationships. From this point of view, it is important to understand what explains why some citizens are more politically active than others. Put differently, a better understanding of the reasons for political participation is a precondition for creating a more equal society,” Oskarsson said.Statistics Sweden, a government agency, maintains a database called the Multi-Generation Register that contains information on the biological parents of individuals. The database includes 10,717,814 non-adopted individuals and 155,865 adopted individuals.The researchers analyzed this data, along with additional information regarding educational attainment, income, occupational status and political candidacy, to examine the intergenerational transmission of political behavior. Overall, the probability of being a political candidate was about 2.3%. But among adopted individuals whose biological parents were candidates, the probability of being a political candidate jumped up to about 5%.“A first take-home point is that there is a strong parent–child transmission in the tendency to run for office. If you have a parent that ran for office, there is a much higher likelihood that you will also stand as a political candidate as an adult,” Oskarsson told PsyPost.“Second, and more importantly, this intergenerational transmission in political candidacy status reflects both social and genetic factors. We used a sample of adopted children and their biological and adoptive parents to investigate this.”“The results clearly suggest that having a biological parent who ran for office is a good predictor of the adoptee’s probability of running for office as adults, despite the fact that these children were adopted away early in life and have had no contact with their birth parents ever since. However, the results also indicate that adoptive parents’ political activity is a major source of intergenerational resemblance,” Oskarsson said.All scientific research includes some limitations — and this study is no exception.“Like other recent studies on the heritability of complex human behaviors this study takes a first important step by showing that political candidacy is caused by both social and genetic factors. However, it is even more important to take further steps and investigate how social and political traits are shaped by the interplay between genes and environment,” Oskarsson explained.“They arise when the type or magnitude of the effect of a genetic factor depends on the environmental conditions in which it is expressed. In our case we can suspect, for example, that a predisposition toward political engagement may only matter under the right environmental circumstances. However, the knowledge of how these so called gene-by-environment interactions actually work is currently limited: what genetic factors interact with what social, economic and political factors, and how?”The findings indicate that political candidacy may be a genetically influenced trait. However, any genetic influence is just one factor among many that contribute to an individual’s decision to run for public office.“It is important to note that our results do not signal genetic determinism. Our finding that biological parents’ behavior is a strong predictor of political candidacy among adoptees does not mean that there is direct causal link between a set of genetic factors and an individual’s propensity to run for office. Any genetic effect on a complex behavior such as running for office will undoubtedly be mediated by a large set of factors, some of which are malleable,” Oskarsson added.“It is also important to stress that omitting the genetic part of intergenerational transmission – that is, failing to take into account that we are not only raised by our parents, but we also inherit a combination of their DNA – neglects an integral part of the explanation of social and political traits because genetic differences between individuals not only add to social and environmental influences but also co-vary and interact with them in complex ways.”“Consequently, considering genetic influences by no means negates social influences, but rather provides an additional layer of explanation that can substantially improve our understanding of how they work. As such, it can also aid in developing more effective policies that deal with the social roots and consequences of social and political inequality,” Oskarsson said.The study, “It Runs in the Family: A Study of Political Candidacy Among Swedish Adoptees“, was authored by Sven Oskarsson, Christopher T. Dawes, and Karl-Oskar Lindgren. A new study on Swedish adoptees suggests that political candidacy is a heritable trait. The research, which appears in the journal Political Behavior, found that the likelihood of standing as a political candidate doubled if one’s parent had been a candidate.“My research interest in general concerns how human behavior, especially political behavior, is formed by the interplay between social and genetic factors,” explained study author Sven Oskarsson of Uppsala University and the Uppsala Center for Labor Studies.“A better understanding of these basic causes of differences in political behavior is fundamental for at least two reasons. The first is that politics and political activity is something that in a deeper sense is a characteristic of us as a species. Humans are, to quote Aristotle, political animals by nature. This means that a deeper understanding of how we think and act in political contexts is an important part of our understanding of ourselves.”center_img Email Pinterest Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Vattenfall Seeking Supervisor for Sandbank Substation Work

first_imgVattenfall is inviting tenders for work on the Sandbank offshore wind farm substation construction.The contractor will be in charge of supervising the steelwork fabrication and corrosion protection of an offshore wind farm substation.The 288MW project is located in the German Bight area, around 90 kilometers west of the Island of Sylt.The wind farm, owned by Vattenfall 51% and Stadtwerke München 49%, is comprised of 72 Siemens 4 MW wind turbines.According to the developer, the construction of Sandbank is expected to commence next year. Offshore WIND staff, July 30, 2014; Image: sandbank24last_img read more

Smith stays the course at Treasure Hill

first_img1st Paul Smith (2) 35pts2ndMark Stanley (8) 29pts3rd Gordon Melia (17) 29ptsNear Pins:  Paul Smith, Dave Ashman and Gerry CooneyWednesday, April 2, Khao Kheow B & A – StablefordEverybody’s favourite course (well almost) attracted a field of 19 to form 2 flights of good and aspiring to be good golfers.  Continuing the recent trend, we encountered no holdups on arrival and our first 3-ball teed off on time, not catching up with another group until the final hole.Temperatures and humidity are creeping up into the seriously leaking bracket and with very little breeze for respite today there were a few participants running out of puff towards the end.  Course conditions were good with the greens slower than usual and the fairways still quite hard and in need of some rain.  A couple of very light showers passed overhead but not enough to make any difference.The weather definitely took its toll on the field, with only Tony Robbins (37pts) in A flight and Neil Griffin with 36 in B flight posting par or better scores.  Struggling on the back nine, it was lucky for Neil that he amassed 23 points on the front although unfair calls of applying the brakes could be heard from one of his victim’s in the sixes.A negative mark for the golf club at this time of year is the wheeling out of “trainee” caddies during the school holidays for the same price of experienced personnel.A Flight1st Tony Robbins (12) 37pts2nd Paul Smith (2) 33pts3rd Gerry Cooney (14) 32ptsB Flight1st Neil Griffin (24) 36pts2nd Kenny Chung (25) 34pts3rd Tom McDowell (21) 30ptsNear Pins:  Paul Smith, Geoff Hart (2) and Geoff ParkerFriday, April 4, Bangpra – StablefordThe Bangpra course is currently in excellent condition (pity people at Mountain Shadow and Crystal Bay don’t drop in and see how to maintain bunkers).  Heavy shower on first two holes then hot and humid with thunder rolling around hills provided some challenging weather conditions.  The first two groups got round in well under 4 hours but there were big delays to next group as they got caught by another heavy shower.A Flight1st Gerry Cooney (14) 35pts2nd Colin Greig (6) 33pts3rd Geoff Parker (15) 31ptsB Flight1st Geoff Cox (16) 32pts2nd Tom McDowell (21) 31pts3rd Kenny Chung (25) 30ptsNear Pins:  Keith Allen, Gerry Cooney (2) and Kenny Chung.Note:  The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society, who now play out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya 3rd Road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar).  We play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out, and a friendly but competitive golf competition why not come and join us.We meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players are always welcome.  Contact “Buff” on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 or go to website: PSC golf Bunker Boys @ The RanchMonday, March 31, Treasure Hill – StablefordThirteen players turned up to be greeted with an empty course.  It was a fine day that turned out very hot and humid and the course was in excellent condition and extremely good value at THB800. They are really working hard on this course and it is turning into a real championship venue.  It played like it today and the decision to play off the white tees, which were well back, added to the difficulty.  Only Paul Smith handled it well with an excellent gross 75 (net 73) for 35 points, aided by birdies on the final three holes.  The next best score on the day was just 29 points.Gerry Cooney.last_img read more

Evglevski’s stunning silver

first_imgBy Hayley Wildes Twenty-year-old Berwick local, Sergei Evglevski’s maiden Commonwealth Games was extra memorable for many reasons. On top of…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img