Über das WZB Call for nominations

A.SK Social Science Award 2015

The WZB invites nominations for the A.SK Social Science Award 2015. The Award honours research on public policy with a focus on economic and governmental reforms by scholars, practitioners and professionals with a prize of 100,000 Euro. Previous A.SK Social Science Award holders are Sir Anthony Atkinson (Oxford), Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago), Transparency International (Berlin), and Paul Collier (Oxford). Nominations should be submitted to the WZB by 1 October 2014.  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
Presse Press release

Islamic fundamentalism is widely spread

Religious fundamentalism is not a marginal phenomenon in Western Europe. This conclusion is drawn in a study published by Ruud Koopmans from the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. The author analyzed data from a representative survey among immigrants and natives in six European countries. Two thirds of the Muslims interviewed say that religious rules are more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live. Three quarters of the respondents hold the opinion that there is only one legitimate interpretation of the Koran. more
Personen Faculty position

Ryan Finnigan: Professor at the University of California

Ryan Finnigan, researcher in the Inequality and Social Policy research unit, has accepted a faculty position at the University of California in Davis. He will be an Assistant Professor of Sociology as of fall 2014 and also be affiliated with the Center for Poverty Research. more