Cluster News at a Glance

Contributions by our researchers and PIs, reports on public Cluster activities, and Cluster-related news items

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(German only) Claudia Diehl beantwortet Fragen zur Impfbereitschaft

Steht der gesellschaftliche Zusammenhalt auf der Kippe? Das fragt die heutige Sendung des 'Tagesgesprächs' auf BR24. Cluster-Co-Sprecherin Claudia Diehl geht live auf Publikumsfragen ein.

Immer mehr jüngere Menschen und auch Menschen, die aus medizinischen Gründen nicht geimpft werden können, machen sich Sorgen. Bleibt die Mitmenschlichkeit ein Stück weit auf der Strecke? Was wäre verhandelbar? Wo endet Ihre Solidarität?

Wie können wir also das gegenseitige Verständnis befördern, damit…

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Images as data for social science

Funded through the research prize of the Dr. K. H. Eberle Foundation amounting to 250,000 euros, the Center for Image Analysis in the Social Sciences (CIASS) will be established at the University of Konstanz.

Are our pensions safe?

On national TV, economist Prof. Dr. Friedrich Breyer explains the challenges faced by public pension funds in the years and decades to come - including the heated debate on whether the legal retirement age should be raised to 68 years („Grenzen der gesetzlichen Rente“, ARD Alpha, 20 July 2021).

Political Violence in Tigray

Senior Fellow Prof. Dr. Nils-Christian Bormann publishes an article on the blog "Political Violence at a Glance" and supplies answers to three pressing questions concerning the civil war in Ethiopia: What type of conflict is happening in Tigray? What are the chances for conflict resolution? And what is the danger that the conflict will spread beyond Ethiopia?

Homeoffice nach Corona: Aufgaben für die Politik

Forschende am Exzellenzcluster "The Politics of Inequality"stellen fest, dass die Homeoffice-Euphorie im zweiten Coronajahr ungebrochen ist und viele Beschäftigte sich eine aktivere Steuerung durch die Politik wünschen.

NEPS Medal 2021

The book "The Internet and Political Protest in Autocracies" by Nils Weidmann (University of Konstanz) and Espen Geelmuyden Rød (University of Uppsala) was awarded the NEPS Medal 2021.

Inequality Barometer: Middle Class - Who Is That?

The survey of the Cluster's Inequality Barometer reveals great degrees of misperception of the amount and distribution of income and wealth inequality: Many of the rich, as well as many members of the lower income groups, falsely assume they belong to the middle class. Nevertheless, respondents would prefer a more egalitarian society, and have a pessimistic outlook on opportunities for social mobility.

Overcoming resistance to COVID-19 vaccination: new evidence

Behavioural economist Dr. Katrin Schmelz of the University of Konstanz and her Santa Fe Institute colleague Prof. Dr. Samuel Bowles show that enforcing SARS-CoV-2 vaccination should be avoided: mandates would undermine intrinsic motivation to vaccinate in many people, and bear high social and political costs.

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