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
Personen WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship

Our Guest from India: Sujoy Dutta

Social scientist Sujoy Dutta from India is working at the WZB for six months. He is the first Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program funded by the WZB and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). After academic years in the Netherlands and Singapore, Dutta is an Associate Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Studies in Hyderabad. His main research interests include agrarian structure, peasant economy and society, as well as social movements amongst peasants. He will stay at the WZB until February 2015, focusing on his research project concerning the Indian poverty alleviation program NREGA. more
Forschung Article for The Conversation

Failing union of capitalism and democracy

During the past 40 years the relationship between democracy and capitalism has radically changed. The increasing “denationalisation” of the economy and of political decision-making has progressively weakened the power of democratic elected parliaments in favour of governments and deregulated globalised markets. Wolfgang Merkel, Director of the Research Unit Democracy and Democratization, explores the growing tension between capitalism and democracy and the increasing economy inequality in his article “Failing union of capitalism and democracy fuels rise in inequality” for “The Conversation”. more
Presse When parents need care

Not all siblings become caregivers, a new study shows

Siblings are not equally involved in caregiving when their ageing parents start needing care. In 75 percent of all cases, only one adult child will become a caregiver. Mothers are primarily cared for by their daughters, whereas sons continue to be less willing to become the sole caregivers for their parents. In families without daughters, brothers frequently divide the caregiving work among them. These are the findings that WZB researcher Marcel Raab recently published in a study co-authored with Henriette Engelhardt (University of Bamberg) and Thomas Leopold (University of Amsterdam). The authors used data from the United States to find out why siblings are not equally involved in caregiving for their parents. more
Presse Press release

Strong parental networks: Not good for all children

Parents’ social networks have an impact on their children’s educational attainment. WZB researcher Anette Fasang and two US-based colleagues have studied the details of how parental networks affect the educational careers of adolescents. Their findings show that close contacts among parents primarily benefit students in affluent communities. In economically depressed communities, by contrast, frequent informal parental exchange tends to disadvantage students by reinforcing social inequities and standing in the way of upward social mobility. more