There has long been an association between politics and violence. Factional disagreements can often lead to prolonged violence. At the same time, there is apparent evidence that the prospect or reality of power sharing can reduce violence – as with the Good Friday agreement and paramilitaries in Northern Ireland, for example. At a time when factional violence, within a country or region, is evident in numerous parts of the world, research that examines how to prevent that violence is particularly relevant.
For centuries, philosophers and scientists have been interested in how people relate to power. Now a new study has revealed that the testosterone levels of leaders can influence their behavior and induce them to make decisions to solely increasing their personal payouts.