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Inequality in Europe

Working nine-to-five is no longer the norm for many employees in our globalized economy. A new study by Pablo Gracia (Trinity College Dublin), Wen-Jui Han (New York University), and Jianghong Li (WZB) shows how the prevalence of nonstandard work schedules differs across European states. It also shows how the degree to which educational inequalities are implicated varies across policy contexts. 

Yasemin Soysal has been appointed as a research professor for the Global Sociology unit at WZB. Her research focuses on the nation-state and citizenship, taking a close look at their historical development and current reconfiguration.

Soysal is simultaneously appointed professor of sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin and as principal investigator at the SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence.

For five years, the LATINNO project at the WZB was dedicated to building the first comprehensive and systematic data collection on new institutions of citizen participation that developed in Latin America from 1990 to 2020. Now, the final report by coordinator Thamy Pogrebinschi, a research fellow in the Democracy and Democratization Unit, has been published - a cornucopia of data and findings on Latin America.

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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.

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 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.