The IDB Cultural Center Presents "Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us," by Avi Tuschman. Book presentation and interview by IDB Division Chief Ivan Duque
“Important reading for anyone trying to understand the sources of our present-day political world.”
“Avi Tuschman offers a fascinating perspective on the deepest roots of the clashes that are changing our world.”
Our Political Nature is the first book to reveal the science underlying political orientation, and to tell the natural history of the left-right spectrums that run through countries around the world. The book explains how political orientations across space and time arise from three clusters of measurable personality traits. These clusters entail opposing attitudes toward tribalism, inequality, and differing perceptions of human nature. Taken together, these traits are by far the most powerful cause of left-right voting, even leading people to regularly vote against their economic interests (For more information, please see www.OurPoliticalNature.com).
AVI TUSCHMAN is an expert on the hidden roots of political orientation. He began his career in politics as the youngest advisor in the government palace in Lima, at the age of 23. While serving as the senior writer to President Alejandro Toledo (Peru, 2001-2006), Tuschman produced numerous articles and speeches designed to shape public opinion. In 2009, Dr. Tuschman joined with Toledo and seventeen other former presidents to co-write a regional policy agenda on democratic governance. United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon lauded the document and called it historically unprecedented. Tuschman holds a doctorate in evolutionary anthropology from Stanford University. He currently works at the IDB.
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