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Abstract

This study, commissioned by the Open Society Foundations, aimed to situate the widely-shared perception of rising intolerance in Western Europe in the context of empirical evidence on high-level trends in intolerant attitudes in Western Europe. Through analysis of European datasets, a review of empirical literature, and assessments of trends in selected individual countries, we explored whether intolerance has risen more in some countries than others, whether it has risen more against particular groups, if such attitudes are particularly prevalent among subgroups of the population and if there are clear patterns of association with trends in wider political, social, economic and cultural factors.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction and context

  • Chapter Two

    Analysis and findings – European survey datasets

  • Chapter Three

    Analysis and findings – factors

  • Chapter Four

    Analysis and findings – country assessments

  • Chapter Five

    Conclusions and implications

  • Appendix A

    Literature review methodology

  • Appendix B

    Characteristics of surveys

  • Appendix C

    Methodological challenges associated with attitudinal and behavioural data

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