Research group 2

Political and social polarization

Political and socio-cultural cleavages shape everyday life in the discourse of migration and integration. Research Group 2 focuses on the visible and emerging cleavages in societies. In an empirical-comparative perspective using quantitative and qualitative methods, it examines how this is expressed in different regions of Europe. At the European, national and sub-national levels, attitudes and differences in attitudes are brought into focus. These range from examining the relationship between migration-related contexts (proportion of foreigners, emigration rate, contacts with migrants, etc.) and societal voting behavior, to perceptions of crises and how they are dealt with (COVID-19), to changes in democratic orientations. The research group aims to identify and compare different modes of political and social polarization and their impact on the cohesion of Germany and Europe.

Focus areas

  • Analysis of populist movements and parties in selected European countries
  • Provision of ad-hoc expertise (e.g. on the emergence of populist parties)
  • Reporting about events of Europe-wide significance (e.g. about national elections)
  • Transfer (inter alia participation in conferences, communication with the press)