State-Religion Governance Indicators

The GREASE project has developed a set of socio-political indicators for assessing how religious diversity is governed in different parts of the world. These Indicators form the backbone of the GREASE Toolkit which we have used to produce the country assessments below.

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The GREASE indicators relate to four key vectors:

  1. Degree of political secularism
  2. Governance of religious diversity
  3. Level of (violent) religious radicalisation  
  4. Efforts to address such radicalisation

Toolkit

The GREASE Indicators Toolkit is a practical instrument for assessing state-religion relations, governance of religious diversity and violent radicalisation. It is designed for use by experts in producing country-level assessments. The aim is to enable policymakers, scholars and civil society to monitor developments and trends.

Applied properly, the GREASE Toolkit allows users to transform complex data and academic knowledge into a logically structured informative report. It was created with diverse national contexts in mind, drawing on the experience of GREASE’s international team of scholars. Conceived as a long-term monitoring instrument, the GREASE Toolkit is intended to be applied at five-year intervals.

The 23 Country Assessments featured on the GREASE project website (below) were generated using the GREASE Indicators Toolkit.

Essential information about what is measured by the GREASE Indicators Toolkit and how is found in the GREASE Indicators Metrics Brief.
Expert acquaintance with the subject matter described in the Metrics Brief is required to conduct any assessment using the Toolkit. Our Toolkit and Metrics Brief should be downloaded together and regarded as a single package.


Country Assessments

Using the GREASE Indicators Toolkit we have assessed all 23 countries covered by our project. These countries represent
four macro-regions within Europe:
Western Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, the UK); Southern Europe (Greece, Italy, Spain); Central Eastern Europe (Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia); Southeastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria);
and four regions outside the EU:
Eurasia (Russia); the MENA region (Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia); South and Southeast Asia (India, Indonesia, Malaysia); and the Asia-Pacific region (Australia).

Most of the country assessments presented below (in pdf form) are accompanied by the corresponding indicators worksheets (Excel files) noting details factored into assessment results.

Country Assessments
(In alphabetical order)

Albania