Modeling state origins using cross-cultural data

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 41 Published In Pages: 75-86
By Peregrine, Peter N., Ember, Carol R., Ember, Melvin


This article stresses the use of multivariate analysis to study the emergence of states. The authors first discuss how social inequality, population density, and trade affect state development. Next, they turn to a time series regression to formally examine social stratification, urbanization, technological specialization as predictors of political integration. Finally, economic vulnerability and scalar stress are considered as possible underlying factors in the emergence of states.


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