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
Über das WZB New exchange program

WZB International Alumni Fellowship

Did you once work at the WZB and would like to visit it again in order to pursue your studies? Or would you want to recommend this to a colleague of yours? Are you currently working at the WZB and would like to pursue a project at an international institution of a WZB alumnus/alumna? Then you might be interested in the WZB International Alumni Fellowship of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. more
Publikationen English WZB Report 2016

Law, Labor, and Democracy

Foto: Cover WZB Report 2016, Ullstein bild / Gisbert Paech
Our recently published English WZB Report 2016  reveals the WZB as an “institution brimming with life and energy”. Essays on global governance, economics and law, social inequality, religion, labor, and democracy show the various research contexts of our institute. While Hildegard Matthies explores the phenomena of “Burnout in the Modern World of Work” Justin Valasek shows the “Inefficiences in EU’s Fiscal Spending”. Silke Gülker explains in her article why it is time to reconsider the relationship between religion and science. Samuel Huntington’s theses are examined by Michael Zürn und Wolfgang Merkel. You will find the entire English WZB Report 2016 here. more
Forschung Nepal's refugee policy

The Power of Norms

Hugh Tuckfield; Foto: Martina Sander
Why did Nepal decide in 2007 to resettle over 100,000 refugees from Bhutan, but at the same time decide not to permit the resettlement of only 5,000 refugees from Tibet? More precisely, why did Nepal decide to conform to the human rights norms of the international refugee regime (that are argued to impose a responsibility to end refugee-hood with a durable solution) in the case of the more than 100,000 Bhutanese refugees – and decide not to conform to them in the case of the Tibetan refugees? Hugh Tuckfield, Visiting Researcher of the Research Unit Global Governance examines in his PhD thesis how and why a small impoverished state such as Nepal is induced to conform to human rights norms in one case of protracted refugee-hood, the Bhutanese, and not another, the Tibetans? more