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Social Science Works gUG, a social enterprise in Potsdam, makes use of social scientific knowledge to improve civil society and democratic decision-making.

WHO WE ARE

We are a heterogeneous, international group of social scientists, most of whom were educated in Germany and live in Berlin and Brandenburg. Our disciplinary backgrounds include sociology, political science, anthropology, economics, philosophy and communication science. More about our team here.

WHAT WE DO

Our core competencies include deliberative integration and democracy projects, democracy research, second opinions of existing research as well as scientific criticism and communication.

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Social Science Works is a social enterprise driven by pregnant societal problems. To alleviate these problems we try to develop and to apply usable knowledge. Our foci are democracy, participation, integration, populism and radicalization. We aim to further integration and civic participation, and to counter populism and radicalization. We try to develop new ways of meaningful citizen participation and to advance new strategies to strengthen civic and political competences.

The theories and practices of deliberation play a pivotal role in our work. We see deliberation as an open and courteous exchange of ideas and values, which furthers the discovery, understanding, contextualization and development of preferences. Deliberation is not about transferring the undisputed, fixed preferences of individuals into collective decisions and policies; it is foremost about the joint development of substantiated preferences regarding the public cause. Concomitantly, deliberation strengthens the notions and emotions of political community, civility and citizenship that democracies need to thrive.

Distinctive is our combination of theory and practice, developing, implementing and researching deliberation at the same time, and our connection between social and political science on the one hand and social and political philosophy on the other.

 

 

Every year we implement a growing number of deliberative projects for citizens, refugees, social workers, civil volunteers, civil servants, adolescents and schoolchildren. For an overview of our current and previous projects, visit the project page. For our further education on deliberation, discrimination and racism, and gender equality, visit the German part of this website here.

 

 

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Deliberation Against Populism: Reconnecting Radicalizing Citizens In East Germany & Elsewhere

Deliberation Against Populism: Reconnecting Radicalizing Citizens In East Germany & Elsewhere

In the deliberative project “Deliberation against Populism” we organized two events with citizens from Brandenburg, Germany, to discuss the problems … Continue ReadingDeliberation Against Populism: Reconnecting Radicalizing Citizens In East Germany & Elsewhere ...

Berlin’s Evolving Relationships With Its Memorials

Berlin’s Evolving Relationships With Its Memorials

What is the purpose of these memorials? And who are they for? What is Berlin’s evolving relationship between commemoration and tourism? … Continue ReadingBerlin’s Evolving Relationships With Its Memorials ...

Brexit Heartbreak & The Democratic Deficit

Brexit Heartbreak & The Democratic Deficit

The UK’s decision to exit the EU left our generation feeling bleak and worried about the direct impact Brexit will … Continue ReadingBrexit Heartbreak & The Democratic Deficit ...

Shy Tories & Virtue Signalling: How Labour Surged Online

Shy Tories & Virtue Signalling: How Labour Surged Online

The calm after the storm has settled in London. The UK has had its third national election in as many … Continue ReadingShy Tories & Virtue Signalling: How Labour Surged Online ...

Taking people seriously: a new approach for countering populism and furthering integration

Taking people seriously: a new approach for countering populism and furthering integration

In our deliberative democracy and integration projects we treat our participants – natives as well as migrants – as citizens, … Continue ReadingTaking people seriously: a new approach for countering populism and furthering integration ...

The Center Does Not Hold: The Supply & Demand of the New Right’s Success

The Center Does Not Hold: The Supply & Demand of the New Right’s Success

The year 2016 experienced unheard of electoral turbulence. While many thought that Brexit would mark the political event to be … Continue ReadingThe Center Does Not Hold: The Supply & Demand of the New Right’s Success ...

Progressive Neoliberalism & the Pull of Populism

Progressive Neoliberalism & the Pull of Populism

In the wake of the turbulent US election, social theorist Nancy Fraser wrote that the progressive neoliberal politics of the … Continue ReadingProgressive Neoliberalism & the Pull of Populism ...