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Travel restrictions implemented early on in the pandemic have been crucial in slowing the spread of the coronavirus and keeping death rates low. A new study published by Ruud Koopmans shows that countries that had travel restrictions in place by February or early March suffered fewer COVID-19 fatalities by mid-year than countries that acted later.

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Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government an der Harvard University, has been appointed as director at the WZB, he will head the new Transformations of Democracy research unit.

East Germany

The reception of refugees in East German communities did not lead to changes in voting behaviour or attitudes to migration. This is the main finding of a study conducted by Max Schaub (WZB), Johanna Gereke (MZES), and Delia Baldassarri (New York University). In the over 200 East German communities they examined, negative attitudes to migration were widespread. However, the arrival of refugees in the immediate neighbourhood had hardly any influence on these attitudes.

 

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Lateinamerika Covid
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During the pandemic in Latin America, civil society began to initiate many digital democratic innovations, as Thamy Pogrebinschi analyses in our Corona series.

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The global success of populist parties has spurred a discourse on the „losers of globalization”. Consequently, discussions often focus on the role of economic, social or cultural grievances. So far however, public debate as well as most of scientific research has lacked a systematic approach. By using representative data for Germany, Heiko Giebler, Magdalena Hirsch, Benjamin Schürmann and Susanne Veit have subjected one such theory to rigorous testing.

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WZB series

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

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Call for Nominations

For the eighth time, the WZB invites nominations for the A.SK Social Science Award. Endowed with 200,000 U.S. dollars, it is one of the world’s largest in the social sciences.

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Online fundraising can help NGOs increase donations - both in frequency and in volume. These are the findings from an experiment conducted by WZB researchers Maja Adena und Anselm Hager.

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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Forschungsgruppe Nationales Bildungspanel: Berufsbildung und lebenslanges Lernen

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Forschungsgruppe der Präsidentin

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Abteilung Transformationen der Demokratie

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Zentrum für Zivilgesellschaftsforschung

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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.