The Social Science Works Blog

Radikalisierung Entgegenwirken: Was die Forschung von Deliberation und Radikalisierung uns lehrt
Könnte Radikalisierung verhindert oder umgekehrt werden, indem diejenigen, die scheinbar diesen Weg eingeschlagen haben, mit anderen (noch) nicht radikalisierten Bürgern
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Angry, but not bad people on the Brandenburg countryside
We are in a small town in rural Brandenburg and talk for two days with 32 long-term unemployed people. Most
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Talking straight to youngsters in Hamburg
We are in a less affluent part from Hamburg for a two-day Workshop. About 70% of our 32 participants have
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Emotions and Political Deliberation
Reading the title of this article might evoke pictures of people violently shouting at each other or bursting out into
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The trouble with tourism in Barcelona – A problem beyond Barcelona
The gentrification of Barcelona is not a new story. If you live in cities like New York City, Mexico City
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“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
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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
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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
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Eindrücke aus der Deliberation – Über die Feedback Forschung unserer Workshops.
Hans Blokland und Raíssa Silveira Seit 2016 hat Social Science Works fast vierzig Reihen deliberativer Workshops mit Flüchtlingen und heimischen
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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
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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)
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Tagesschau und die AFD: Nicht alles kann gezählt werden!
„Wer  Medien  als  unglaubwürdig  einstuft,  ist höchst unzufrieden mit dem Funktionieren der Demokratie.“ (Otto Brenner Stiftung 2017, S.1) Obwohl das
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“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
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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
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Bürgerbeteiligung und Deliberation im lokalen Kontext: Streit um den Abriss der Fachhochschule Potsdam
Mit dem Fall der Mauer und der Wiedervereinigung Deutschlands wurden enorme Veränderungen in Ostdeutschland angestoßen. Bis heute setzten sich die
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Das Anfechten extremer Wahrheitsansprüche: Wie man mit monistischen Denkern über die offene, pluralistische Gesellschaft deliberiert
Stellen wir uns vor, wir haben es mit einer Person mit einer eher monistischen Denkweise zu tun. Diese Person glaubt,
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Challenging extreme claims for truth: How to deliberate the open, pluralist society with monist thinkers
Imagine we are dealing with a person with a rather monistic mindset, thus believing, assuming or hoping that all questions
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Im Bann der Religion – Islamismus und die demokratische Gesellschaft
Islamismus und vor allem islamistischer Terror ist ein sehr präsentes Thema in vielen westlichen Gesellschaften, sowie in den Konflikten im
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The Crisis of Masculinities – A Brief Overview
The so-called crisis of masculinity has drawn much attention and concern by politicians, academics, the public, and most dominantly, the
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Charles Edward Lindblom, In Memoriam
On January 30, 2018, Charles Lindblom died at the age of 100. His ideas on, among others, policy making processes,
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How to deliberate fundamental values? Notes from Brandenburg on our approach.
People hardly ever change their mind. The more they feel forced to justify themselves, the more they feel questioned, criticized,
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Wie deliberiert man fundamentale Werte? Bericht aus Brandenburg über unsere Ansätze, Herangehensweisen und Erfahrungen
Menschen ändern ihre Meinung selten. Je mehr sie sich gezwungen fühlen sich zu rechtfertigen, desto mehr fühlen sie sich in
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Equipping Civil Society for a Data-Driven Future
Civil society organisations in Germany need to be directly empowered to use data, in order to maintain their scope for
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Branding of cities: to whom is the city advertized and what fundamental idea lies behind it?
By Oktay Tuncer “Good advertising does not just circulate information. It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief”, is
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Constructief praten met meer en minder gevestigde burgers over wereldbeschouwingen
Sinds 2016 organiseert Social Science Works (SSW) in Duitsland reeksen van deliberative workshops met vluchtelingen, met rechts-radicale populisten, en met
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How Postmodernism Advanced Populism: An Inside Story From The Netherlands
    There are many factors that explain the upheaval of populism. Postmodernism is one of them. In the Netherlands,
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Wissensproduzenten in der Bringschuld: Wie erhöhe ich das Wirkungspotenzial wissenschaftlicher Texte?
Luftverschmutzung korreliert mit der Qualität unserer Reden und Texte, las ich kürzlich in einer Studie. Ein Luftverschmutzungswert über 15 Mikrogramm
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Why Does Fieldwork Matter? Reflections On Immersion, The Everyday & Knowledge Creation In Hong Kong
“If the RMB depreciates, Southbound trading goes through the roof!” A conversation overheard in Central   Ideas about the borderless
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Long Read: Our Fellows Respond To Right Wing Populist Arguments
This year, Social Science Works has been working on the project ‘Deliberation Against Populism’ in which we have contacted citizens
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Why Does Fieldwork Matter? Reflections On Immersion, The Everyday & Knowledge Creation In Hong Kong
“If the RMB depreciates, Southbound trading goes through the roof!” A conversation overheard in Central   Ideas about the borderless
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Alienation Online: An Analysis of Populist Facebook Pages In Brandenburg
This year, as part of the Social Science Works project ‘Deliberation gegen Populismus’ we have been monitoring right-wing populist Facebook
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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What We Can & Can’t Measure in a Brexit Deal
We are delighted to launch our first Second Opinion report! Written with the support of Expat Citizens’ Rights in the
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The Limits Of Survey Data: What Questionnaires Can’t Tell Us
All research methodologies have their limitations, as many authors have pointed before (see for example Visser, Krosnick and Lavrakas, 2000).
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Against Elections Review: Taking A Chance With Democracy
When “Against Elections: The Case for Democracy” by David Van Reybrouck first appeared its cover was a plain white, a
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The Wave: The Rise Of European Far-Right Populism
2016 was a banner year in atypical electoral outcomes. At the outset of the year, few would have predicted the
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Yolocaust, Austerlitz & Uploading Holocaust: Dark Tourism Goes Public
    To many travellers, the act of visiting a tourist site, where death, tragedy or atrocity are presented in
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New Neighbors – Here, But Not Yet At Home
The article here was published in German in Die Linke’s Lotta magazine: issue 12, January 10, 2017 and is available here. The
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The Identity Politics Of Being A Foreign Body
Quickly after moving to Berlin I assumed the title of ‘expat.’ Being an American expat became part of my identity.
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Recruiting Men To Civil Society Projects: Trials & Tribulations From The Front Line
  This year we have been working with the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung in Brandenburg to recruit German and German-speaking
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Intellectual monocultures, black swans & the failure of economics: lessons from the global financial crisis and austerity
  One of the most pressing challenges to the global economy has been the global financial crisis of 2007 –
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Rural Regeneration by Connecting Bigger Social Solutions
    Complex social issues are often more easily resolved when they are connected up with other societal problems. Habitual
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The Refugee Crisis Exposes Our ‘Civil Rights’ As Privileges
  The current shift in Europe’s demographic composition towards a more diverse populace comprised of non-whites and higher proportions of
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British-European regional tourism in the wake of Brexit: What could possibly go wrong?
For most people who have been watching the story of Brexit unfold, it’s been mostly about the political and economic
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How The EU Referendum Campaign Poisoned The UK’s Political Discourse
The message on my phone said: “I’m so, so sorry”. That’s how I learnt that the UK had voted to
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How NYE Turned German Political Debate Upside Down
At Social Science Works we seek to engage with contemporary political debate and offer solutions to its most pressing problems
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Some Countries Are More Corrupt Than Others And We Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Say So
At Social Science Works we are interested in giving second opinions on research, to help enable policy makers make informed
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The French “Crisis of Authority” Is A Crisis Of The Authorities
In France, you lose count of how many times you’ve heard about the “crisis of authority”. It has become a
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The Social Dilemma Of Berlin’s Booming Tourism Industry
By Asaf Leshem As an urban tourism destination, Berlin developed rapidly since German reunification in October 1990. Its unique character,
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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
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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%)
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Ted Cruz, Global Warming, & The Need For Data Transparency In Politics
by Namwan Leavell Republican Senator and prospective presidential candidate Ted Cruz doesn’t believe in global warming. “Many of the alarmists
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What To Do Against Clientelism, Nepotism & Corruption?
“Manus manum lavat” – One hand washes the other. One Facet Of The Vicious Exchange In The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood.
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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
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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
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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
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For My Next Trick I Shall Eliminate Child Poverty
  The intersection between social science and real life can often seem – even for those on the inside –
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What Do Education Scholars Know?
  Some time ago Martin Spiewak stated in the German quality-weekly Die Zeit that an awful lot of undisputed knowledge
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Are There Too Many PhDs?
In all OECD countries, but in particular in Germany, there seems to be an enormous overproduction of PhDs – in
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Academic Conferences Should Be Outlawed
  It’s conference season! Thousands and thousands of social scientists are flying around to visit conferences. The American Sociological Association
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Economists Looking For God
  A science is not called a discipline by coincidence: its students are actively and deliberately disciplined to think and
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