Democratic Cultural Values as Predictors of Cross-National Homicide Variation in Europe

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This study examines the extent to which variations in homicide rates across Europe, particularly differences between Western and Eastern Europe, can be explained by democratic cultural values. Prior studies have shown that individualism and egalitarianism promoted by democratic regimes are usually associated with lower levels of interpersonal violence. This study tests this relationship on a sample of 33 countries circa 2010. Not only does this relationship hold, but further analysis also shows that democratic values have both a direct and indirect effect on homicide rates as they are mediated by the strength of democratic institutions and practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-256
Number of pages18
JournalHomicide Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

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  • comparative
  • correlates
  • cross-cultural
  • methodology
  • methodology
  • structural causes
  • victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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