Christianity and democracy: a cross-cultural study (afterthoughts)

World Cultures Vol/Iss. 13 Published In Pages: 195-213
By Korotayev, Andrey V.


This study proposes that polygyny, unilineal descent organization and large extended families could be regarded as universal negative predictors of communal democracy. Crosstabulations show that Christianity is positively associated with communal democracy and negatively associated with polygyny, and thus the authors suggest that Christianity influenced the development of democracy in Europe through its discouraging of polygyny and unilineal descent organization.

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