The campaign for the primary elections in the United States is hotting up, but observers have long been transfixed by the political situation over the pond. The roots of the fault lines now cracking the surface of American society run deep, as analyzed in the newest edition of the WZB-Mitteilungen.
Donald Trump’s presidency did not come out of the blue. Trumpist ideology can be neatly slotted into the history of American democracy. It is held up by the pillars of nationalism, evangelical Christianity, and an emphasis on ethnic identity, each of which is deeply rooted in the traditions and history of the United States, as Peter J. Katzenstein argues.
On June 19, 800 guests gathered at the Pierre-Boulez Saal for a grand celebration of the WZB’s 50th anniversary. Highlights included the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s new piece, Labyrinth IV, as well as a performance by children from the art lab S27.
Anything you can do, I can do better: New research shows we aim higher when we observe our peers being ambitious. In the first ever laboratory experiment to investigate the peer effects of ambition, WZB researchers reveal how we adjust our own goals to match those of our peers, with important implications for educational outcomes and social mobility.
A new research project is investigating how democracies control intelligence services in their use of digital and transnational surveillance. GUARDINT is an international collaboration between the WZB, the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV), Sciences Po in Paris, King’s College London, and Lyon 3 University.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.