Ancestral Kinship and the Origins of Ideology

British Journal of Political Science Vol/Iss. Online only Cambridge University Press Published In Pages: 1-21
By Fasching, Neil, Lelkes, Yphtach


More intensive ancestral kinship ties predict more left-wing attitudes on economic dimensions.


Study 1: There was no significant relationship between ancestral kinship ties and attitudes towards government benefits on government responsibility, but two out of three specifications predicated a very slight negative effect of ancestral kinship ties upon right-wing attitudes about reducing income differences, though this disappeared when additional controls were added. The negative effect is very slight regardless -- approximately 2% in the first specification and 3% in the second. Study 2: In this study, ancestral kinship tightness did not significantly predict left-wing economic attitudes -- in fact, the coefficients point towards right-wing attitudes, though they are not significant.


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