WZB - Berlin Social Science Center

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The WZB is looking for a director for a new department to be established in the field of democracy research. The new department should address fundamental questions in the field of democracy research, broadly interpreted. We look forward to receiving your application by the deadline of August 15, 2019.

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.

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).

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 research

Populism is booming, left, right, and at the center of national parliaments, in coalitions with mainstream parties or as wildly successful challenges to the political status quo. Populist parties’ success stems in part from their anti-elitist rhetoric. But what happens when populists are elected into the establishment they claim to oppose? New research by Werner Krause and Aiko Wagner reveals how the reasons voters elect populists shift depending on how established the populist parties are.

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.

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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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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