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A cultural theory of regimes

There is a longstanding debate about whether culture shapes regimes or regimes shape culture. New research by Ruck et al. resolves the debate in favor of culture’s causal primacy.

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Welzel, C. A cultural theory of regimes. Nat Hum Behav 4, 231–232 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-019-0790-4

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