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What citizens think about Muslim immigrants has important implications for some of the most pressing challenges facing Western democracies. A new study by Marc Helbling and Richard Traunmüller dismantles the simplistic dichotomy between liberal supporters and conservative critics of immigration and reveals that the friction between political liberalism and religious fundamentalism also plays an important role.

Portrait Werner Krause
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Werner Krause is the recipient of this year’s Friends of the WZB Award for his investigation into how centrist political parties react to the electoral successes of radical-right and populist parties.

Datenreport 2018 - Titel

The Datenreport 2018 paints a detailed picture of what life is like for the next generation growing up in Germany today. It presents the latest data on how children’s lives and perspectives are affected by economic, domestic, and educational factors.

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What are the international consequences of authoritarian rule? How do developments abroad affect dictatorships domestically? APIR, a new workshop series organized by WZB researchers, gets to grips with these questions.

John Ruggie receives the A.SK Social Science Award 2017.

The WZB is delighted to invite nominations for the seventh A.SK Social Science Award. Endowed with $200,000, the prize is conferred every two years on social science researchers whose work has significantly promoted political and economic reform. Previous recipients include Sir Anthony Atkinson, Martha C. Nussbaum, Transparency International, Paul Collier, Esther Duflo, and John Ruggie (pictured).

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A new book edited by Wolfgang Merkel and Sascha Kneip discusses the potential causes of the current “crisis of democracy.” Does this stem from a lack of participation by citizens, the absence of trust in the political elite, or does the real root of the problem lie with political institutions themselves? Among other topics, the researchers analyze the role of globalization and deregulation and demonstrate why challenges to democracy have morphed into phenomena of crisis.

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The WZB Berlin Social Science Center investigates fundamental societal issues. Our focus is on education and work, markets and choice, 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.


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