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The global success of populist parties has created a discourse on globalization's "losers" and the ways in which voters have begun to rely on politician's promises to redeem „the people“. Theoretical discussions often focus on the role of economic, social or cultural discontent. Heiko Giebler, Magdalena Hirsch, Benjamin Schürmann and Susanne Veit have subjected one such theory to rigorous empirical testing. Using representative data and the case of the AfD, a German right-wing populist party, they show that feeling aggrieved leads to greater support for populists.

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A series of analyses, considerations and hypotheses by WZB researchers.

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Portrait Foto Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst (FAZ/Foto Röth)
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British Academy

The British Academy has appointed Rainer Forst, a WZB Research Professor of Political Theory, as a "Corresponding Fellow".

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Schulhof einer jordanischen Schule

A new experiment studies discrimination between refugees and hosts in Jordanian schools. The researcher found remarkable generosity and very little discrimination among both Jordanian and Syrian refugee children on average.

The "Observatory for Political Conflict and Democracy (PolDem)" is a new platform that produces and houses datasets on the long-term development of election campaigns, protests, and public debates. The data, based on quantitative analyses of media texts, enables researchers to trace the long-term development of conflict structures and dynamics throughout Europe. It is launched by the Center for Civil Society Research at WZB and the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.

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The platform economy is heralded as an innovative model for organizing and distributing labor. At the same time, it is often criticized for exploiting workers and exacerbating inequalities. Based on survey data and qualitative case-studies of 15 companies operating as so-called crowdwork platforms, Martin Krzywdzinski and Christine Gerber compare platform work across the US and Germany.

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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.