WZB - Berlin Social Science Center

Titelbild Orders beyond Borders
Titelbild Orders beyond Borders
Blog launch

Does an international order still exist, or is it disintegrating? How do global, national and regional players cooperate or compete with each other? These questions are tackled in a new WZB blog which looks for orders beyond national borders in an attempt to understand the globalized world a little better.  The principal writers on this blog are researchers or guests at WZB’s  International Politics and Law research area. 

Populist parties challenge democracy, European integration, and international order. At the same time, authoritarian states openly challenge liberal values. Counter-revolutions and counter-institutionalizations abound. Many people wonder how the liberal world could get into such a crisis. Is Europe disintegrating? How can the resistance to the global governance be explained? Is there a way to overcome the multiple crises? Two recently published publications by Michael Zürn and Jan Zielonka discuss these questions. 


Fahrradkurier fährt für die Firma Deliveroo Essen  aus
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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.

WZB goes Oxford

The WZB has won the call for applications for an international alumni meeting issued by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The prize is endowed with 40.000 Euros. The prize money will be used to fund a WZB alumni conference entitled “The Social Sciences in Times of Brexit” at the University of Oxford on
June 14 and 15, 2018.

Video documentary

The March for Science 2017 attracted thousands of people around the world. The documentary by WZB fellow Dieter Rucht illustrates the difficulties in reconciling scientific neutrality with political engagement.

John Ruggie
David Ausserhofer
A.SK Social Science Award 2017
The American political scientist John G. Ruggie has been awarded the A.SK Social Science Award 2017. The award is one of the most renowned international prizes in the social sciences.
Jianghong Li
David Ausserhofer
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.


The morning’s lessons are for the Jordanian children, in the afternoon it’s the Syrians’ turn. Jordan is using a model called Double Shift in order to provide schooling for refugee children. How is a small country able to overcome such a huge challenge?

WZB in the media

Der Tagesspiegel online, 6 April
New York Times, 26 March

Media coverage


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.