2016.05.26 | Research news

Why everyone wants to help the sick - but not the unemployed

New research from Aarhus BSS explains why healthcare costs are running out of control, while costs to unemployment protection are kept in line. The answer is found deep in our psychology, where powerful intuitions lead us to view illness as the result of bad luck and worthy of help.

2016.05.18 | New Books

New book: Forebyggelse og bekymring – i professionel praksis

Lektor i statskundskab ved Aarhus Universitet, Gitte Sommer Harrits, og seniorforsker ved KORA, Marie Østergaard Møller, har udgivet en ny bog, som undersøger, hvordan den forebyggende praksis konkretiseres som et fagligt beredskab.

2016.05.03 | New Books

New book: AFTER THE ARAB UPRISINGS. Between democratization, counter-revolution and state failure.

Visiting Professor Raymond Hinnebusch has edited a new book, which examines the impact of the Arab uprisings on democratization and authoritarian persistence in the Middle East. The book also includes a contribution by Morten Valbjørn from the department.

"Thinking about Sectarianism in the Middle East: Drivers and Consequences", Talk by Professor Raymond Hinnebusch (University of St. Andrews)

2016.04.27 | Events

Thinking about Sectarianism in the Middle East: Drivers and Consequences

Talk by Professor Raymond Hinnebusch (University of St. Andrews), visiting professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University.

2016.04.11 | New Books

New book: The State-Democracy Nexus

Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning have edited the book, which also includes contribitions from the colleagues Agnes Cornell, Merete Bech Seeberg, Lasse Lykke Rørbæk and David Andersen.

In their new book “Trust, Social Capital and the Scandinavian Welfare State - Explaining the Flight of the Bumblebee”, the brothers Gert and Gunnar wish to provide an answer to the question: “How is social capital applied in practice to generate wealth in contemporary Danish society?” Photo: AU

2016.04.08 | Research news

Trust may explain the good state of Danish economy and the country’s successful welfare society

Trust plays an important role in Denmark’s welfare society. This society is founded on our very belief that our fellow citizens do not cheat their way out of working or paying taxes, and that the authorities administer our taxes successfully.


2016.04.07 | Society and politics

DKK 5 million from Horizon 2020 to CFA

The Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (CFA) has received a DKK 5 million grant for three projects that focus on research ethics and integrity, responsible research and innovation in bioscience, and gender equality in research and innovation respectively.

[Translate to English:] "Det her er et fint eksempel på, hvordan forskningsideer og -projekter somme tider kan udvikle sig. En amerikansk kollega, Andy Reynolds, og jeg udviklede grundlaget for nogenlunde tilsvarende målinger for ca. 15 år siden," siger Jørgen Elklit. Foto:

2017.11.23 | Public/media

[Translate to English:] Danske valg er de bedste i verden

[Translate to English:] Stort internationalt valgprojekt kårer Danmark som det land i verden, der er bedst til at afholde valg. Rammen bag målingen har forsker fra Aarhus BSS været med til at udvikle.

2016.03.17 | New Books

Trust, Social Capital and the Scandinavian Welfare State - Explaining the Flight of the Bumblebee

Gert Tinggaard Svendsen and his brother Gunnar Lind Haase Svendsen explain how the Danish welfare state is thriving despite the world’s highest levels of tax and generous social benefits. Denmark would appear to be a land of paradise for free-riders and those who want ‘money for nothing’.

“In principle, everyone can fight to be heard in the EU, and lobbyism may contribute to providing a nuanced picture of a specific issue provided that all relevant parties are heard. But in many cases, lobbyism creates a skewed picture of the state of affairs, and the efforts of the lobbyists end up promoting narrow interests at the expense of the common good”, says Professor in Political Science at Aarhus BSS Gert Tinggaard Svendsen. Photo:

2016.03.14 | Public/media

Regulate lobbying: The producers win at the expense of consumers

Consumers and tax payers lose out when EU lobbyists fight the cause of producers. Researcher from Aarhus BSS recommends that lobbying should be regulated to improve the conditions of the common interests.

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