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Extremist perpetrators of violence often quote verses from their religion's holy scriptures that authorize, or even prescribe, attacks on enemies of the faith. However, whether the religious motivation that extremist perpetrators of violence emphasize is causally related to their actions is often doubted. Now, WZB researchers Ruud Koopmans and Eylem Kanol can prove for the first time that verses in religious scriptures that legitimize violence can increase support for killing enemies of the faith.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sharp decline in living standards and growing food insecurity in developing countries, an international research team shows.
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A study published by Ruud Koopmans shows that countries that had travel restrictions in place by February or early March 2020 suffered fewer COVID-19 fatalities by mid-year than countries that acted later.
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A team from the Institutions and Political Inequality Research Unit is exploring how country and government features relate to Covid-19 mortality.
Whether income influences ethical behavior is a topic of much debate. One approach holds that ethical acts are limited to those who can ‘afford’ them. A research team around WZB economist Agne Kajackaite is now shedding new light on this relation.
A series of analyses, considerations and hypotheses by WZB researchers.
In her contribution to WERKSTATT WAHLEN, Kriszta Kovács, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the WZB, describes what minimum standards apply to elections, because free and fair elections are not a matter of course everywhere, even in Europe.
How does terrorism influence political decision? By analyzing panel data of 170 countries between 1970 and 2016, Daniel Meierrieks – researcher with Migration, Integration, Transnationalization - and Friedrich Schneider of the Johannes Kepler University Linz find that countries resort to less liberal international economic policies when facing the threat of terrorism.
At the invitation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, WZB President Jutta Allmendinger has been appointed to the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC). The council will develop recommendations to strengthen gender equality.
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Does raising a child amidst the pandemic drive gender inequality? Surveys for 2020 suggest that parenting has unequally affected women and men in Germany, especially during the months of lockdown.
International Theory special issue
Michael Zürn, director of the Global Governance Unit at WZB, published his"A Theory of Global Governance" (Oxford University Press) in 2018. It showcases Zürn’s long-lasting commitment to deepening and developing a comprehensive understanding of international relations. Now, a top international journal devotes a symposium to the monograph.
Jeanne Hagenbach is the new Karl W. Deutsch Visiting Professor at the WZB. She is a Research Director at the French National Research Institute (CNRS) and a Professor of Economics at Sciences Po Paris.
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