Forschung New database in the making

Lessons from Latin America: Democratic innovations in comparison

In Montevideo, citizens are not forced to bite the bullet when they notice potholes in the road or vandalised public spaces. They can register these problems connected to public services in the online geolocation platform “For My Neighborhood”, which forwards them immediately to the city’s Single System of Complaints. This is merely one of many cases the project “Latinno” is currently compiling in the first comprehensive and systematic database on new forms of citizen participation in Latin America. The new database, which has been developed under the guidance of WZB-researcher Thamy Pogrebinschi, will be allowing comparisons across about 2000 institutional designs in 20 countries, including their effectiveness and impact. more
Forschung Now online

New dataset to improve comparative electoral research

A team of WZB researchers has compiled a comparative dataset of election surveys covering 128 national elections in 51 countries from 1994 to 2011. These election surveys had been collected by the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES). The new dataset, which was assembled by Bernhard Weßels, Heiko Giebler, Josephine Lichteblau, Antonia May, Reinhold Melcher (now Fern-Universität Hagen) and Aiko Wagner was made accessible via the CSES website on June 1st. more
Forschung Study

The negative impacts of father's long commute to work for children

Fathers’ commuting to work has multiple negative impacts on children’s behavior. Children whose fathers commute to work over a long distance tend to have more emotional and social problems. While the impact of commuting on employees has been extensively investigated, the study conducted by Jianghong Li and Matthias Pollmann-Schult from WZB Berlin Social Science Center is the first one to show the negative effects of commuting to work by fathers on the social and emotional well-being of German children. more
Presse Guest article by Wolfgang Merkel

“Homogeneous societies are easier to govern”

Wolfgang Merkel, Foto: David Ausserhofer
The current influx of refugees to Germany and Europe also poses a challenge to social and political cohesion. Years of growing inequality of income and wealth are accompanied by increased cultural and religious differences. “The greater the level of socio-economic and ethno-religious inequality, the lower the level of mutual trust among citizens,” says WZB director Wolfgang Merkel in an article on “Social Europe.” more
Publikationen New LawLog

Constitutionalism goes global

A new blog at the WZB documents the research conducted at the Center for Global Constitutionalism and features short summaries of major articles and books by affiliated members and guests of the Center. The topics of the LawLog which was designed by the WZB’s Center for Global Constitutionalism range from citizenship to global constitutionalism, from human rights to judicial strategy, from liberalism to transnational networks. The LawLog also highlights topical public contributions made by members in newspapers, blogs and other media outlets. more
Veranstaltungen 34. Labour Process Conference

The future of work

 “Working Revolutions: Revolutionising Work” is the title of 34. International Labour Process Conference, hosted by the WZB from 4th to 6th April. 300 participants from 33 countries were presenting over 220 papers in 80 sessions about the worlds of work and labour. The annual conference is a major meeting point for the international research community interested in the developments and transformations of the worlds of work. The topics discussed at the conference include the digitization of work and the impact of new technologies, industrial relations and participation, new forms of work organization and issues of autonomy and control, inequalities and conflicts at work, changing competence requirements and occupations and many more. more