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WZB series

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

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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.

New Publication

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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Foto: Bernhard Ludewig
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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 awarded every two years and is one of the world’s largest in the social sciences. The award recognizes researchers who make outstanding contributions to social and political reform.

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Portrait Foto Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst (FAZ/Foto Röth)
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British Academy

The British Academy has appointed Rainer Forst, a WZB Research Professor of Political Theory, as a "Corresponding Fellow".

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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.

New Discussion Paper

The platform economy is heralded as an innovative model for organizing and distributing labor. At the same time, it is often criticized for exploiting workers and exacerbating inequalities. Based on survey data and qualitative case-studies of 15 companies operating as so-called crowdwork platforms, Martin Krzywdzinski and Christine Gerber compare platform work across the US and Germany.

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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.

 

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