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Education and Tolerance

A Comparative Quantitative Analysis of the Educational Effect on Tolerance


Lenka Drazanova

This book examines to what extent the effect of education on political and social tolerance varies cross-nationally. It gives an inventory of micro- and macro- level factors moderating this effect. The empirical analysis is based on comparative surveys across 24 and 33 countries at two time points. Results indicate that the positive effect of education does not always overcome the negative effects of personality characteristics and low socio-economic status. Moreover, education contributes to more tolerant views only in countries with certain political, socio-economic and cultural background. Overall, the book argues that there are several micro- and macro-level conditions that should be fulfilled before one may proclaim education as the universal problem solver.

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2.1 Overview of Hypotheses

3.1 Tolerance of Political Activities of Least-liked Groups And Tolerance of Different Groups as Neighbours In the Full Sample and According to Educational Levels

4.1 Micro Determinants of Political Tolerance (Logistic Regression Models)

4.2 Micro Determinants of Social Tolerance (Ordered Logistic Regression Models) in the Years 1995–1998

4.3 Micro Determinants of Social Tolerance (Ordered Logistic Regression Models) in the Years 2005–2008

4.4 Overview of Results of the Micro-Level Hypothesis Tests Conducted

5.1 Micro and Macro Determinants of Political Tolerance (Multilevel Logistic Regression Models)

5.2 Macro-level Models Comparison

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