The ultimate coercive sanction

HRAF Press New Haven, CT Published In Pages: 1-164
By Otterbein, Keith F.


Centralized states are more likely to have political leaders decide sentencing for capital crimes (p.104-105).


See Tables 13 (p. 94) and Table 20 (p. 104-105) for more details. In societies with councils, the council decides the sentence, in feuding societies without a council, the kin of the offender decides the sentence, and in bands, the community of the kin of the offender decides the sentence.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Political SystemIndependentTerritorial Hierarchy, Form And Rules Of Government
Judicial AgentDependentJudicial Authority