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Times columnist and former Downing Street advisor Daniel Finkelstein explores how evolutionary biology might shape policy on welfare reform, immigration and bankers' pay.

How much does an understanding of evolutionary biology influence policy-makers at the sharp end of government? Quite a lot, according to Times columnist and former Downing Street advisor, Daniel Finkelstein. He's seen how the latest scientific research into our genes and how we behave sheds light on the delicate interplay of trust, reciprocity and deception in human affairs. Now he explores how that could shape political decision-making on issues like welfare reform, immigration and what should be done about bankers' pay.

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Sun 3 Aug 2014 17:00