Publikationen New book

The WHO and two elephants

Zwei Elefanten, Foto: pixaby
If you work for the World Health Organization (WHO), you must learn to “live with two elephants in a room.” That’s how a recently appointed WHO program director described the dilemma of this UN agency: one is the organization’s fragmentation into autonomous regional offices, the other its chronic lack of funding and dependence on outside donations. How could it come to this? And why did all past reform efforts serve to reinforce rather than remedy the organization’s pathologies? WZB researcher Tine Hanrieder has explored this “fragmentation trap” in her recently published book. 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
Forschung New study

Strong rights for churches hinder integration

The more support a government gives to Christian churches, the more likely its population is to express reservations about Muslim immigrants. This connections is proved by the political scientists Marc Helbling (WZB) and Richard Traunmüller (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main). The protection of Christian holidays, the collection of church taxes, and the practice of denominational religious instruction in schools strengthen a Christian cultural identity and make it difficult to integrate other religious groups, the researchers write in an article for the new WZB-Mitteilungen issue. more
Publikationen Policy brief

Rule of law – changing contexts and new challenges

The nature, objectives, and effects of rule of law are undergoing major transformations, resulting from the increasing international and transnational dimensions of governance. A new policy brief presents the new challenges of the internationalization of rule of law in a changing context. The brief is part of an international research project between Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL), the Amsterdam Centre for International Law, and the WZB  represented by Michael Zürn, Director of the research unit Global Governance. The project aims at exploring the consequences of internationalization for contemporary rule of law promotion. more