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.

2016.03.03 | New Books

The Politics of Persuation

Gert Tinggaard Svendsen and Urs Steiner Brandt ask: Should lobbying be regulated in the EU? They answer yes and offers eight policy recommendations for EU's decision makers.

Joshua Robison
Maria-Louise Clausen

2016.03.18 | People

Robison and Clausen receive million grants from DFF

Joshua Robison receives a 1.7 million grant and Maria-Louise Clausen receives 1.6 million from the Danish Council for Independent Research for their postdoc projects.

2016.02.22 | Debate

Newspapers make us more critical towards war

It’s important for democracy that the public, through newspapers, is exposed to more than just one-sided arguments. This makes us question e.g. whether or not our country should go to war, international researcher Leonie Huddy explained in a guest lecture at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS.

[Translate to English:] Lasse Lindekilde at seminar

2016.02.15 | Knowledge exchange

Lone Terrorists Not That Lonely: Aarhus BSS Researcher

If lone terrorists were really alone and radicalised in complete isolation from surrounding society, they would be impossible to intercept. But scientific evidence shows that they are in fact less detached from their surroundings than is commonly believed, which makes it possible for the authorities to detect them in time, according to a…

Researchers now reveal that satisfaction measurements should not necessarily be seen as indications of an organisation’s quality, and that organisations should therefore be careful when making decisions based on the results. Photo: Jesper Rais, AU

2016.02.04 | Research news

Can we trust satisfaction measurements?

Satisfaction measurements may provide a misleading image of the quality of public institutions. Research from Aarhus BSS shows that caution is necessary when decisions influencing the life of citizens are made on the basis of evaluation results.

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