2021.04.08 | Research news

When parties change their position, voters follow

How big a role do political parties actually play in shaping public opinion? Using unique data, researchers from the Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University have studied how voters’ opinions follow the party they support when the party suddenly changes its position on popular and well-established welfare schemes.

A new research experiment shows that this visual communication aid motivates citizens to engage in protective behaviour, thereby helping authorities to buy time. The graph depicts how new and highly infectious variants of coronavirus threaten healthcare systems, but also how vaccines offer hope for the future. (Click to enlarge.)

2021.03.31 | Public/media

COVID-19: New study shows how to motivate citizens with hope

New research provides public health authorities across the globe with a validated visual aid for health communication. The aid is a hope-inducing graph that has been proven to increase engagement in protective behaviour among citizens. With this aid, societies may be able to buy time in the current race between vaccines and the spread of more…

Professor Michael Bang Petersen. Photo: Ida Marie Jensen, Aarhus University

2021.03.30 | Public/media

Press release

New COVID-19 Research: How to make people follow restrictions without appealing to fear.

2021.03.25 | Research news

Broad but ambivalent support for whistleblowing

The support for whistleblowing is lower in Denmark than in a number of other western countries. This could be due to a lack of experience and our high level of trust, but the motive behind whistleblowing is also crucial to the support of the Danes, Thomas Olesen, professor of political science at Aarhus BSS, points out. The Danes’ attitude to…

2021.03.19 | People

Professor Carsten Jensen to head new research platform

A new interdisciplinary centre at Aarhus University will produce new knowledge about inequality and how to fight it. Elite researchers from both Aarhus BSS and Health are involved.

2021.03.25 | Research news

Clear information made Danes excel in preventing infection

New research from Frederik Jørgensen, Alexander Bor and Michael Bang Petersen investigates the corona crisis in eight different countries in March 2020.

The Danish Center for Studies in Research and Research Policy at Aarhus University Photo: Aarhus University
Senior researcher Jens Peter Andersen Photo: Aarhus BSS Communication and External Relations

2021.02.08 | Research news

21 per cent of all citations go to the elite

In the last 15 years, elite researchers have increased their share of citations from 14 to 21 per cent, shows new research from Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University. The uneven distribution can have negative consequences for research.

Professor of Political Science Rune Stubager

2021.02.08 | Grants

DKK 2.7 million for the National Election Study

The Danish National Election Study with participation from Rune Stubager receives a grant of DKK 2.7 million from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s pool for research infrastructure.

The Danish report about managing the covid-19 crisis. Photo: The Danish Parliament.

2021.01.29 | People

Covid-19 report delivered to the Danish Parliament

A committee headed by Jørgen Grønnegård Christensen has finished their investigation of the Danish government’s management of the covid-19 crisis.

2020.12.18 | Research news

When algorithms discriminate

The US criminal justice system prohibits discrimination. However, the very same system is discriminating on a grand scale by using algorithms in sentencing. In Denmark, we also see examples of statistical discrimination, says Professor Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen.

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