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Daniel Ziblatt by Annette Hornischer
Annette Hornischer

When the American constitution was written, it was world-changing in a republican sense. But nonetheless the origin of the American constitution is pre-democratic, as WZB director Daniel Ziblatt explains in an interview for the audio edition of the WZB Mitteilungen.

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Software creation during lockdown

Open-source software development peaked during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the lockdown measures put in place may have affected male and female developers' productivity differently, a recent study claims.

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The WZB is seeking to commit to promoting fair work in the platform economy. As a Fairwork Partner, the research center has voluntarily pledged to take the Fairwork ratings into account when using digital labour platforms. This makes the WZB Germany’s first Fairwork Partner.

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The WZB Talks series showcases the cutting edge questions researchers at the WZB are working on. Which new insights has WZB research to offer and where is more work needed? Browse our selection of recorded events.

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Democracy in India

In „To Kill a Democracy”, WZB researcher John Keane and journalist Debasish Roy Chowdhury offer a sobering diagnosis: India is heading towards despotism. They show how injustice threatens to destroy the democratic way of life.

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Narrating peoplehood in Germany

In a timely research paper, Johanna Hase, Research Fellow of the International Citizenship Law research group, takes a look at some of the competing narratives surrounding nationhood and belonging in Germany.

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Abteilung „Ausbildung und Arbeitsmarkt“ (Direktorin: Prof. Dr. Heike Solga)
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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.