Publikationen WZB-Mitteilungen, September issue

Analyzing innovation

The new issue is about "the new". Few things just stay as they are, transformation is ubiquitous - but what exactly are the conditions of emerging newness? Innovations, whether in institutions or in technologies, seem to occur spontaneously. Inventions for everyday life depend on coincidences. Nonetheless, are there consistent patterns for innovation? This is what the WZB research unit Cultural Sources of Newness wanted to find out in the last seven years, and this question is the September issue's focus. more
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Annual Report 2014

Our English annual report, covering the period from early 2013 through early 2014, is now available. The report gives many insights into our research and current institutional developments. It includes essays on migration, education, global governance and further topics. more
Publikationen New conflict in Europe

Winners and losers of globalization

Globalization pressures have led to a new societal conflict in Europe. WZB researchers Céline Teney, Onawa Promise Lacewell and Pieter de Wilde have investigated not only whether political internationalization, deregulation of markets and increasing migration result in a new societal conflict but, additionally, whether this division is rooted in the normative ideologies of cosmopolitanism and communitarianism. Winners of globalization tend to have cosmopolitan dispositions, while those who perceive themselves as losers exhibit more communitarian thinking. more
Presse Press release

A decisive factor for democracy: Female empowerment

Female empowerment is a core driver of democratization. Researchers from Western Australia and from the WZB Berlin Social Science Center draw this conclusion from an analysis of longitudinal data on 123 countries covering the period 1980 to 2005. Paula Wyndow, Jianghong Li, and Eugen Mattes question the widespread presumption that it is democratization that leads to improvements in women’s lives. Their findings suggest a reversed causality: Female educational attainment, women’s labour force participation, and low fertility rates jointly pave the way for moving a country towards democracy. more