WZB - Berlin Social Science Center

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Portrai of Jutta Allmendinger, President of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center
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We stand in solidarity with protesters against police violence in the United States.

Read the statement by WZB president Jutta Allmendinger.

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A series of analyses, considerations and hypotheses by WZB researchers.

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John Keane looks with concern at political developments in many countries of the world, as the values and institutions of liberal democracies are increasingly coming under threat.

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Schulhof einer jordanischen Schule

A new experiment studies discrimination between refugees and hosts in Jordanian schools. The researcher found remarkable generosity and very little discrimination among both Jordanian and Syrian refugee children on average. This is particularly interesting when compared to similar studies conducted with European children, which often show high out-group discrimination.

Surveys directly affect the rhetoric of the German federal government. Anselm Hager and Hanno Hilbig, guest researchers at WZB, show in their new study published in the American Journal of Political Science that the German federal government panders its communication to public opinion.The authors compare approximately 150 surveys conducted by the federal press office during the 2009-2013 legislative period tomore than 20,000 public government speeches.

New Discussion Paper

The platform economy is heralded as an innovative model for organizing and distributing labor. At the same time, it is often criticized for exploiting workers and exacerbating inequalities. Based on survey data and qualitative case-studies of 15 companies operating as so-called crowdwork platforms, Martin Krzywdzinski and Christine Gerber compare platform work across the US and Germany.

New Publication

A myriad of studies has shown that voting depends on the economic context. Electorates tend to punish incumbents during economic crisis and reward them when the economy is doing well. A new study by Swen Hutter, Björn Bremer and Hanspeter Kriesi aims to shed light on the link between the economy and the electoral fortunes of political parties by drawing a neglected factor into the equation: the level of political protest.

The "Observatory for Political Conflict and Democracy (PolDem)" is a new platform that produces and houses datasets on the long-term development of election campaigns, protests, and public debates. The data, based on quantitative analyses of media texts, enables researchers to trace the long-term development of conflict structures and dynamics throughout Europe. It is launched by the Center for Civil Society Research at WZB and the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.

New Publication

Do employers discriminate based solely on an applicant’s name? No, argues a new study published by WZB-researcher Daniel Auer together with Flavia Fossati and Fabienne Liechti. Part of a growing body of research assessing cultural identity and its role on the labor market, the paper investigates the ways in which discrimination seeps into the application process. The authors find that a jobseeker’s chances are not just only by their name or country of origin but also by their attachment to a foreign culture and ability to speak another language.

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The WZB Berlin Social Science Center investigates fundamental societal issues. Our focus is on education and work, markets and choice, migration, democracy and autocracy, international politics and law. At the WZB researchers from various disciplines work together – mainly from sociology, political science, economics, law and psychology.