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New handbook

Where does science end and public policy start? The new Handbook on Science and Public Policy, whose editors include WZB researchers Dagmar Simon and Weert Canzler, sheds fresh light on the shifting interaction between science as a policy-driven project and public policy as a scientific venture. The Handbook on Science and Public Policy has been published by Edward Elgar Publishing (2019).

Daniel Ziblatt
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Daniel Ziblatt is the new Karl W. Deutsch Visiting Professor at the WZB. He will spend his visiting professorship researching the revolt of the right and the crisis of democracy.

The cover of the book "Contested World Orders"
Oxford University Press

A new publication, edited by researchers at the WZB’s Global Governance unit, provides a systematic framework to investigate rising powers, NGOS, and the politics of authority beyond the nation-state.

Kinderfüße auf Personenwaage
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When parents work long hours, their preschool children are more likely to become overweight or obese. This is the new finding of a study led by WZB researcher, Jianghong Li, on the impact of both mothers’ and fathers’ work hours on preschool children’s body mass index.

Book cover of "The Struggle over Borders"
Cambridge University Press

A new book edited by current and former WZB researchers offers the latest analysis of how economic, cultural, and political globalization has transformed democratic politics.

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.

People at a crossroad
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The annual report offers insights into our current research and institutional developments. It includes essays on democracy, labor, digitalization, migration, nudging, behavior, and education.

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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.