WZB - Berlin Social Science Center

On April 9, 2019, the Berlin Landgericht  dismissed a claim filed by the AfD fraction in the Thuringian state parliament against the WZB. The AfD fraction had attempted to force the WZB to abstain from making statements that the party viewed as contravening personality rights. The court reasoned that the study in question was a piece of academic research and thus could not infringe upon the fraction’s personality rights in any way.

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Nuclear proliferation is a serious threat to global peace and security. New research by Alexandros Tokhi investigates the role of power dynamics in authoritarian regimes and how these affect the likelihood of non-proliferation treaty violation.

New publication

Where do we not observe transformations? Political, social, and economic change is a complex and omnipresent phenomenon. By bringing together contributions from a wide range of researchers, the newly published Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation, co-edited by WZB director Wolfgang Merkel, sheds a fresh, multidisciplinary light on transformation research.

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New study

A new study by Marc Helbling and Daniel Meierrieks shows that climate change refugees are accepted by the public in Germany at a far higher rate than economic refugees. 

Forthcoming study

Sidestepping charity fundraisers in the street, pretending not to be home when they come calling, ignoring online pleas for donations…people like to think of themselves in generous terms, but in reality, we often go out of our way to avoid being asked for money. A study by WZB researchers Maja Adena and Steffen Huck gets to the bottom of how preserving our self-image influences our charitable giving, and what strategies charities can use to maximize their chances of gaining donations.

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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.

New research

A new study by Till Kaiser, Jianghong Li, and Matthias Pollmann-Schult pins down the role of parenting styles as a missing link between parents’ socioeconomic status (SES) and their children’s school grades. Parents with lower SES are more likely to be inconsistent and harsh in dealing with children than parents with higher SES. This can exacerbate child behavioral issues and in turn drag down school grades.

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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.