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 occupation by foreign power, median age, and pathogen index.


The dependent variable in this test (level of democracy) is using the Polity IV Scale.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Multiple regressionSupportedp <.001β=-.71two-tailed


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Level of DemocracyDependentForm And Rules Of Government
Occupation by foreign powerIndependentNONE
Median ageIndependentDemography, Population
Pathogen IndexIndependentSickness