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Women in leadership at crisis-ridden companies

Research into why female executives in many companies are only given a chance in a crisis situation published in the Journal of Management. Collaboration between organizational researcher Professor Florian Kunze from the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" at the University of Konstanz, Dr Max Reinwald and Dr Johannes Zaia.

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Quickly let children and youths fled from Ukraine attend kindergarten and school

In a joint press statement (in German) by the Standing Research Commission of the Conference of the German Ministers of Education (SWK) and the Expert Council on Integration and Migration, Cluster Co-Speaker Claudia Diehl said:

"Rapid integration into the education system offers those affected a piece of normality and everyday life. It prevents later inequalities between children and young people with and without a refugee background - and it strengthens existing ties between Ukraine and…

Marius R. Busemeyer berät den Landtag

Der Konstanzer Politikwissenschaftler und Ungleichheitsforscher wurde in die neu eingesetzte Enquetekommission „Krisenfeste Gesellschaft“ des baden-württembergischen Landtags berufen.

Vaccine hesitancy and vaccine refusal

Vaccine hesitancy has been around since long before the coronavirus pandemic. A research team from Konstanz and Berlin is now examining how vaccination rates and vaccine hesitancy developed in the time before the pandemic.

The political right and the welfare state

In a major Op-Ed, the New York Times discusses the possible evolution of America's welfare state should Donald Trump once again lead the country in 2025 - and interviews Cluster speaker Prof. Dr. Marius R. Busemeyer and his colleague Dr. Philip Rathgeb (University of Konstanz / University of Edinburgh) in detail.

OECD Report: Is the German Middle Class Crumbling? Risks and Opportunities

A new report by the OECD and the Bertelsmann Foundation examines the state of the middle class in Germany, and finds that the middle class is significantly smaller today than it was in the mid-1990s. Valentina Consiglio, co-author of the study and a PhD student here at the Cluster, will present the study to us in more detail on December 22, 2021. More information about it and a brief summary of the findings is available here.

Konstanzer Homeoffice-Studie

Konstanzer Langzeitstudie stellt fest, dass besonders jüngere ArbeitnehmerInnen dem Arbeiten im Homeoffice positiv gegenüberstehen. Ein Sechstel von ihnen würden für garantierte Homeoffice-Tage sogar Gehaltseinbußen in Kauf nehmen.

Wanted Expert: Katrin Schmelz and the readiness to vaccinate

Ever since publishing two pertinent studies, her telephone hasn't stopped ringing: Behavioural economist and psychologist Dr. Katrin Schmelz explains diverse aspects of society's readiness to comply with containment measures and get vaccinated (mandatorily or voluntarily), in the press, radio and on TV.

Here she has some answers for the Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.

Berlin Science Week: How (not) to increase vaccination willingness

Researchers of the Clusters of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" and "Contestations of the Liberal Script – SCRIPTS", as well as Public and Global Health experts from medicinal research and/or governmental institutions such as the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) or international organizations, discuss pressing questions of compliance in an ongoing health crisis. The aim is to foster an interdisciplinary knowledge exchange between theory and practice, between science, society and…

Junger Bundestag, junge Themen?

Cluster-PI Christian Breunig, Professor für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, erklärt im Interview mit, welche Folgen die Zusammensetzung des neuen Bundestags mit sich bringt: Vertreten Junge, Frauen, Migrant*innen auch inhaltlich die Belange "ihrer" Gruppen?