The Center's research program is divided into three focal areas. The first area (Restructuring of Political Conflict) is concerned with the analysis of long-term changes in political conflict structures. Projects in this area aim to provide insights into the development of mobilization potentials, long-term changes in protest and electoral arenas, and the politicization of key societal problems. The second area (New Landscapes of Contestation) bundles projects that examine in depth the changes in the organizational landscape of civil society and interactions between different political actors and arenas in conflict contestation. The projects in the third area (Civil Society and Social Capital) combine research on civil society, social capital, and social cohesion. In addition, the Center makes an important contribution to the data infrastructure for the long-term monitoring of party competition and protest politics in Europe. The Manifesto Project and the Observatory for Political Conflict and Democracy (PolDem) are based at the Center.