Journal of Economic Growth • Vol/Iss. Online only • Springer • • Published In • Pages: 1-34 •
Societies that had moralizing high gods in the past are more likely to have religious laws in their state apparatus today.
This hypothesis seeks to test the theory that societies that used religion for political legitimacy in the past are more likely to continue to have religion embedded in their political system today. The authors control for continent, absolute latitude, year of measurement, past development, current development, communism, and Islam (which accounts for half of the observed impact of high gods in contemporary societies). Note that an exception to this seems to be when alternative power structures have been imposed by outside powers (e.g. through colonialism).
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