Consanguinity as a Major Predictor of Levels of Democracy

@article{Woodley2013ConsanguinityAA,
  title={Consanguinity as a Major Predictor of Levels of Democracy},
  author={M. Woodley and E. Bell},
  journal={Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology},
  year={2013},
  volume={44},
  pages={263 - 280}
}
This article examines the hypothesis that although the level of democracy in a society is a complex phenomenon involving many antecedents, consanguinity (marriage and subsequent mating between second cousins or closer relatives) is an important though often overlooked predictor of it. Measures of the two variables correlate substantially in a sample of 70 nations (r = −0.632, p < 0.001), and consanguinity remains a significant predictor of democracy in multiple regression and path analyses… Expand

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