The democraticness of traditional political systems in Africa

Democratization Vol/Iss. N/A Informa UK London Published In Pages: 1-24
By Neupert-Wentz, Clara, Kromrey, Daniela, Bayer, Axel


Specific political institutions and leadership positions will be correlated with the democraticness of traditional political systems in Africa.


The variables presence of a chief (-0.79, p<0.01), king (-0.53, p<0.05), elders (0.58, p<0.05), and segmentary lineages (-0.47, p<0.1) were all significantly correlated with democraticness. Presence of important elders (and, negatively, councils of elders) were significantly and positively correlated with democraticness.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Multivariate regressionPartially supportedMultipleMultipleTwo-tailed