WZB - Berlin Social Science Center

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Radical right parties have seen increasing electoral success. What does this imply for parties and party systems? Do established mainstream parties adjust their policy positions in response to successful radical right parties? Werner Krause and Tarik Abou-Chadi tackle these questions in a new blog post.

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Positive social contact between members of ethnic or religious groups in conflict can reduce discriminatory behavior – while prejudice remains unchanged, a new study shows. It is based on a field experiment among Christian and Muslim young men, that was undertaken in a riot-prone city in Nigeria by WZB researcher Alexandra Scacco and Shana S. Warren (New York University). The field experiment brought together young men aged 18 to 25 for sixteen weeks of free computer training.

Michael Wilford vor dem WZB-Neubau
Architect Michael Wilford's Memories

When James Stirling and Michael Wilford arrived at Potsdamer Platz back in the early 1980s, they came upon a quarter of Berlin that was home to impressive historical buildings, but still had visible marks of World War II. In this film, architect Wilford tells us about his memories and the creative process that lead to the iconic architecture of the WZB.

Researcher are cordially invited to join the Berlin Colloquium, organized by the WZB Center for Global Constitutionalism and Humboldt-University Berlin. The Colloquium discusses work in progress by leading contemporary scholars of global and comparative public law, who discuss their work with participants. The focus of most contributions involve central concepts and ideas relating to public law (such as sovereignty, democracy, rule of law, human rights) generally or as as they play out in specific institutional and doctrinal contexts.

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Global Health organizations constantly strive for the scientific legitimation of their work. Yet, what counts as evidence in Global Health, and who sets priorities? A new seminar series explores these questions. On June 28, Seth Holmes from the University of California, Berkeley, will give a talk on discrimination and U.S.-Mexico migrant health.


Porträtfoto Anette Fasang
David Ausserhofer

Congratulations to Anette Fasang and Silke Aisenbrey for winning the 2018 Kanter Award! Their article, “The interplay of work and family trajectories over the life course: Germany and the United States in comparison,” was selected as the best work-family research paper.


Insights from Australia

Longer working hours of mothers don't automatically result in children's higher body mass index. In the contrary: up to a certain amount, maternal employment can be beneficial for children's health. This is the key finding by WZB researcher Jianghong Li and her international collaborators who analyzed longitudinal data from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort Study known als "Raine Study".

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How to regulate the platform economy? Is it possible to require the platform companies to become employers? These questions were tackled on a WZB panel discussion.


The WZB Berlin Social Science Center investigates fundamental societal issues. Our focus is on education and work, 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.