Polygyny and democracy: a cross-cultural comparison

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 34 Published In Pages: 190-208
By Korotayev, Andrey V., Bondarenko, Dmitri


This study investigates the relationship between domestic organization (i.e. family structure and size) and democracy at both the communal and supracommunal levels. The authors suggest that the prevalence of independent monogamous families in Europe in the Late Middle Ages may have facilitated the political evolution toward democracy.

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