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Departments

A European Societies and their Integration: 

The integration of European societies faces global challenges as well as socio-demographic changes. Research Department A has focused from the beginning on the development of market economies and welfare states, on social inequalities shaped by education and labour market institutions, and on social integration in ethnically heterogeneous societies.

The new research programme continues the comparative analysis of living conditions and life chances in Europe expanding it from purely sociological to socio-psychological and economic perspectives. The Ninth Research Programme, while acknowledging the continued challenges due to ongoing globalization and Europeanization, considers in particular the more recent repercussions of the economic crisis since 2008 that has not only altered individual societal risks, but also accelerated pressures on institutions to reform. Our research investigates the consequences of international migration, demographic changes and an increasingly heterogeneous population. It seeks to combine the sociological understanding of long-term processes and cross-national institutional diversity with the analysis of current socio-demographic challenges to the integration of European societies. Analytically and empirically, the Research Programme aims at integrating macro-level institutional and micro-level actor-centred perspectives; it also seeks to detect the social processes and mechanisms underlying cross-national, time-related and social group differences.
B European Political Systems and their Integration: 

The main focus of research in Department B is on the development of democracy in Europe. Coherence of the research activities in Department B results from both the common interest in democratic governance in Europe and the methodological focus on theory-guided comparative empirical research in this area.

The issue of democracy in Europe with its focus on the conditions and contextual factors of democratic governance is approached from different perspectives and organised in three Research Areas. These three Research Areas focus on complementary, but also interrelated aspects of democratic politics in the European multi-level system of governance. Projects in Research Area B1 pay special attention to the conditions – in terms of the behaviour and orientations of citizens – and – in case of Research Area B2 – to the institutional contexts of democratic governance. Projects in Research Area B3 focus on political behaviour and political decision-making in regions which are influenced by European states or the European Union.

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