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


Stronger country-level kinship tightness is associated with more right-wing cultural policies and more left-wing economic policies.


Both components of this hypothesis were supported. Moving from a country with the weakest kinship strength to one with the strongest increases anti-LGBT laws by 25 per cent (p < 0.01). Moving from the weakest to the strongest kinship ties increases the number of social expenditures as a percentage of GDP by 1.06 per cent. Note that the economic relationship is much weaker than the cultural relationship (a zero-order correlation of 0.02 vs 0.59).


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