The Origin of Politics: An Evolutionary Theory of Political Behavior

  title={The Origin of Politics: An Evolutionary Theory of Political Behavior},
  author={John R. Alford and John R. Hibbing},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={707 - 723}
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