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
Presse Wolfgang Merkel on the US elections

A Warning Shot for Democrats

Trump-Gummimasken; Foto: Keita Iijima, picture alliance / AP images
"Sedate, complacent, and deaf toward those at the bottom" - political scientist Wolfgang Merkel does not hold back with criticism when speaking about his own class, the better-to-do and the establishment of civil society and politics. The WZB researcher analyses Donald Trump's rise to power for the online journal "Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft" ("International politics and society"), edited by the German social democratic Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Wolfgang Merkel demands a clear commitment for freedom, equality and modernity - but without condescension towards entire sections of society. We present the essay in an English translation. 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
Forschung Fellowship for Tine Hanrieder

Groundwork for a transnational sociology of medicine

Tine Hanrieder. Foto: privat
Tine Hanrieder, Research Fellow of the WZB’s Global Governance research unit, has been awarded with a Freigeist (Free Spirit) Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation for her innovative research on Global Health. Her research project “Medical Internationalisms and the Making of Global Public Health (Dr.GLOBAL)” explores the transnational contest for expert authority in the field of global health through a study of French, US, and Cuban health missions in Haiti – a country which has become a paradigmatic laboratory of foreign health intervention. 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