Veranstaltungen A.SK Social Science Award 2015

The WZB honors Esther Duflo

A.SK Prize Recipient Esther Duflo (second from right), photo: David AusserhoferFull view
The French-American developmental economist Esther Duflo received the A.SK Social Science Award on Saturday, October 10, at the WZB in recognition of her research on ways to alleviate poverty. The award, which comes with €100,000 in prize money, is one of the best endowed international grants in the social sciences. To study the efficiency of developmental aid measures, Esther Duflo used randomized controlled trials, a method typically applied in medical research, and thereby revolutionized the field of developmental economics. more
Publikationen New book

The WHO and two elephants

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
Presse Essay

Why Google is a political matter

For the second time, WZB research professor John Keane met WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. They run through themes raised in Assange’s new book “When Google met WikiLeaks”, talking about Google’s political influence and why the search engine’s business model is a deeply political matter. Keane’s article about his conversation with Julian Assange was just published in the Australian magazine “The Monthly”. more
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Institutions and rights: how integrated is Islam?

Porträfoto Ines Michalowski, Foto: David Ausserhofer
The integration of Muslims into European societies is considered one of the greatest social challenges in Europe. The authors of the collected volume "After Integration: Islam, Conviviality and Contentious Politics in Europe" examine the subject of integration from a completely different perspective. They analyse the degree to which Islam has already been integrated into European societies on the legal, political, and institutional levels. The editors, Ines Michalowski of the WZB’s research unit Migration, Integration, Transnationalization and Marian Burchardt of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, reveal that, while all the countries under examination had strengthened Muslims’ rights between 1980 and 2008, there are major differences among individual nation-states. more