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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.

WZB series

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

Porträt Dr. Kriszta Kovács
Martina Sander

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.

Jutta Allmendinger_download 3 (Foto: David Ausserhofer
David Ausserhofer

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 Karl W. Deutsch-Gastprofessorin
Caroline Maufroid

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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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.