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Correlates of Political Complexity

Mark Abrahamson
American Sociological Review
Vol. 34, No. 5 (Oct., 1969), pp. 690-701
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2092305
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

The correlates of political complexity in a geographically representative sample of 38 preindustrial societies are analyzed. The results show that the degree of political complexity is more strongly related to degree of social differentiation than to size and concentration of population. The relationships are stronger for 28 societies not facing a great threat of external attack. Neither pervasiveness of the kinship organization nor degree of socio-economic development is found to be independently related to political complexity.

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