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Fewer children, distant relatives or friends, and an increasing plurality of family models: These factors impact on the availability of support and care in old age. Tiziana Nazio, a researcher at the WZB, has explored how early family formation events relate to the emotional and practical support that people give and receive in older age. Her results show that women still bear the brunt of the burden of care. What people do at an early stage of life in terms of family building is a predictor of the size and composition of the emotional support networks they will have later in life.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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Abteilung Migration, Integration, Transnationalisierung

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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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