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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The Social Dilemma Of Berlin’s Booming Tourism Industry

The Social Dilemma Of Berlin’s Booming Tourism Industry

As an urban tourism destination, Berlin developed rapidly since German reunification in October 1990. Its unique character, fascinating history, and … Continue ReadingThe Social Dilemma Of Berlin’s Booming Tourism Industry ...
How To Debate Values In A Diverse Europe

How To Debate Values In A Diverse Europe

We need to talk. We need to talk about fundamental concepts like democracy, ethical and political pluralism, tolerance, equality and … Continue ReadingHow To Debate Values In A Diverse Europe ...
Debating Values & Identity With Newcomers & European Natives

Debating Values & Identity With Newcomers & European Natives

In 2015, roughly 1,1 million refugees came to Germany. About 428,500 of these people are Syrians. Refugees from Iraq (13%) … Continue ReadingDebating Values & Identity With Newcomers & European Natives ...
What To Do Against Clientelism, Nepotism & Corruption?

What To Do Against Clientelism, Nepotism & Corruption?

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Do People Know What They Want? Social Scientific Responses

Do People Know What They Want? Social Scientific Responses

Market and liberal democracy are both based on the assumption that individuals are the best possible referees of their personal … Continue ReadingDo People Know What They Want? Social Scientific Responses ...
Lessons From Political Science On Participation & Democratization

Lessons From Political Science On Participation & Democratization

It is often assumed in social and political science that citizens should participate more in political structures and processes aimed … Continue ReadingLessons From Political Science On Participation & Democratization ...
Keeping Social Science Relevant: Society Needs Clear Prose

Keeping Social Science Relevant: Society Needs Clear Prose

If somebody were to ask me what I do all day as a student of the social sciences, my answer … Continue ReadingKeeping Social Science Relevant: Society Needs Clear Prose ...

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