Veranstaltungen Leading theorists in the field of international relations

John G. Ruggie is to be awarded the A.SK Social Science Award 2017

Preisträger John Ruggie, Foto: David Ausserhofer
The American political scientist John G. Ruggie is to be awarded the A.SK Social Science Award 2017 on October 14. The award is one of the most renowned international prizes in the social sciences. Ruggie is one of the leading theorists in the field of international relations. His work on the social construction of globalization, which takes account of the needs of people, has also had an impact on political practice. As UN Assistant Secretary General for Strategic Planning (from 1997-2001), he was responsible for creating the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. As UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights (from 2005 to 2011), he developed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  more
Forschung Institutions and Political Inequality

New director: Macartan Humphreys

Macartan Humphreys. Foto: Jacobia Dahm
In July 2017, political scientist Macartan Humphreys joined the WZB as director of the unit Institutions and Political Inequality. The professor of Political Science at Columbia University additionally coordinates the newly established WZB research area Political Economy of Development. Among Macartan Humphreys’ main fields of interest is the political economy of social and political inequality. His main interest is in understanding patterns of political inequality. Under what conditions can marginalized populations get their voices heard in local or national politics? To what extent is political inequality driven by institutional features or more fundamental economic structures? more
Presse Experiment on learning behaviour

Knowing more about economic gains makes people less cooperative

Existing research suggesting that humans cooperate if they know more about their own payoffs has been rebutted: In the long run, access to information about payoff distributions leads to less cooperative behavior, finds a recent study in Nature Communications by Steffen Huck, Johannes Leutgeb (both WZB Berlin Social Science Center) and Ryan Oprea (University of California, Santa Barbara). The study also shows that knowledge about earning possibilities leads to smaller earnings in the long-run. more
Über das WZB For freedom on research and teaching

WZB supports March for Science in Berlin

The freedom of research and teaching and the autonomy of scientists are under attack worldwide: in Turkey and Hungary, as recent incidents have shown, but also as a result of further restrictions such as the executive orders of US president Donald Trump. The WZB is deeply concerned about this trend. We believe that freedom of science is one of the key principles to ensure that society is ready to meet the challenges of the future. That is why we support the March for Science on April 22, 2017, an event for people worldwide to show their support for academic freedom. As an institute devoted to problem-oriented social science research, the WZB has produced empirically based answers to questions on social change since its foundation in 1969. The free exchange of thoughts and opinions among researchers worldwide is the lifeblood of our work. more
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 Now online

New dataset to improve comparative electoral research

A team of WZB researchers has compiled a comparative dataset of election surveys covering 128 national elections in 51 countries from 1994 to 2011. These election surveys had been collected by the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES). The new dataset, which was assembled by Bernhard Weßels, Heiko Giebler, Josephine Lichteblau, Antonia May, Reinhold Melcher (now Fern-Universität Hagen) and Aiko Wagner was made accessible via the CSES website on June 1st. more