Birth order as a factor in presidential selection and performance

Albert Somit, Steven A. Peterson, Alan Arwine

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Birth order has long been assumed to have an impact on people's behavior, with first borns normally believed to differ from later borns in achievement motivation, and the like. This essay explores the relationship between birth order and presidential selection and performance. Generally, an analysis of American presidents suggests that birth order has rather little impact on the selection of a president and on the performance of a president once in office.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-419
Number of pages13
JournalThe Social Science Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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