Consanguinity as a Major Predictor of Levels of Democracy: A Study of 70 Nations

Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology Vol/Iss. 44(2) . Published In Pages: 263–280
By Woodley, Michael A., Bell, Edward


Consanguinity is a significant predictor of the level of democracy present when controlled for covariates of democracy. OR Economic development factors do not affect the significance of the relationship between consanguinity and the level of democracy.


Covariates = ethno-linguistic diversity, literacy, and percent rural. The dependent variable in this test (level of democracy) is using the Polity IV Scale.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Multiple RegressionSupportedp < .001r = -.60two-tailed