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 economic development.


Economic development variables = GDP, economic freedom, exports in fossil fuels. The dependent variable in this test (level of democracy) is using the Polity IV Scale.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Multiple regressionSupportedp < .001β = -.661two-tailed


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Economic DevelopmentIndependentEconomic Planning And Development
Level of DemocracyDependentForm And Rules Of Government