Consequences of Demographic Change on Political Attitudes and Political Behavior in Germany
Demographic change is one of the major challenges Germany is facing in the next decades to come. Ageing of the population will be substantial, pushing the median age up to unprecedented high levels. Mainstream research is largely focusing on the consequences of these developments for social policy and the economy. But demographic change also has potentially substantial effects upon political attitudes and behavior in various age groups. Will public opinion on policy matters tend to polarize between generations? And how could that, in turn, affect the acceptance and stability of the political system? The aim of the project is the analysis of these so far largely neglected issues by investigating the implications of demographic change for political attitudes and political behavior.
The project has now reached its final stage. In addition to the project´s main findings having appeared in three professional journals in 2012, we are at present working on a monograph in which we expand on these results with a set of more comprehensive analyses. In this book we observe political behavior and political attitudes of citizens in an ageing population – from different angles and by means of different data sources and empirical methods. The manuscript will be brought to completion in 2013 and the publication at the Nomos publishing house is planned for 2014.