OUR MISSION

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.

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. And on our fellows here.

COMPETENCIES

Our core competencies include deliberative integration and democracy projects, democracy research, second opinions of existing research as well as scientific criticism and communication. On all these activities we publish blog-articles for the wider audience. On top of that we organize and implement deliberative projects and further education in our fields of expertise.

DELIBERATION

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.

PROJECTS AND FURTHER EDUCATION

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 democracy, deliberation, discrimination and racism, and gender equality, visit the German part of this website here.

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

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.

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“People have to work!” A Deliberation at a Secondary School in Brandenburg

“People have to work!” A Deliberation at a Secondary School in Brandenburg

This “Schule mit Courage” in a town East of Berlin has in total 330 pupils. About a third are first … Continue Reading“People have to work!” A Deliberation at a Secondary School in Brandenburg ...
A Deliberative Workshop with Chechen

A Deliberative Workshop with Chechen

Since 2016 Social Science Works has implemented more than forty rows of workshops with refugees and natives in which we … Continue ReadingA Deliberative Workshop with Chechen ...
Deliberating Homosexuality: Empirical Observations and Analyses

Deliberating Homosexuality: Empirical Observations and Analyses

Like many other western countries, Germany still has medical doctors, therapists and priests that believe that homosexuality is an illness … Continue ReadingDeliberating Homosexuality: Empirical Observations and Analyses ...
The Rewards from Deliberation: Researching the Feedback of our Workshops

The Rewards from Deliberation: Researching the Feedback of our Workshops

by Hans Blokland and Raíssa Silveira Since 2016 Social Science Works has organized and implemented almost forty rows of deliberative … Continue ReadingThe Rewards from Deliberation: Researching the Feedback of our Workshops ...
Countering Radicalization: What the Research on Deliberation and Radicalization Teaches us

Countering Radicalization: What the Research on Deliberation and Radicalization Teaches us

Could radicalization be prevented or reversed by bringing together those that have seemingly entered this path, with other not (yet) … Continue ReadingCountering Radicalization: What the Research on Deliberation and Radicalization Teaches us ...
“Super Volunteerism”: A Grass-Roots Solution to Global Prejudice

“Super Volunteerism”: A Grass-Roots Solution to Global Prejudice

An Anecdotal Foreword: The Case for Solution-Based Research and Inductive Reasoning By Christina Pao (Yale University ’20)   In summer … Continue Reading“Super Volunteerism”: A Grass-Roots Solution to Global Prejudice ...
Robert A. Dahl on Pluralism, Democracy and Deliberation

Robert A. Dahl on Pluralism, Democracy and Deliberation

Robert Dahl (1915 – 2014) is one of the most influential political scholars of the last century. His ideas on … Continue ReadingRobert A. Dahl on Pluralism, Democracy and Deliberation ...

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