In the last American election, I read an article where a Chinese citizen asked: if America is a republic, why are so many presidents and presidential candidates related?
This got me thinking.
Has anyone done any analysis which compares nations by the number of their leaders, candidates, and politicians who are related (spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents)?
It stands to reason that in a system based on merit, the statistical odds of a candidate being related to a previous national leader or politician should be low. This is to say that monarchy and republic are opposites, in that one votes for leaders and the other is led by aristocrats who inherit power.
A system like North Korea is officially a republic, but effectively a monarchy, as power has been transferred from father to son over three generations. It seems very unlikely that this could happen given fair competition between a large enough pool of candidates.