2021.07.09 | Research news

Why we need to talk openly about vaccine side effects

New research from Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University shows that openness about the effectiveness and side effects of vaccines bolster confidence in the health authorities, and this is a crucial factor if we are to defeat the coronavirus pandemic.

2021.06.20 | Research news

How to become a political icon: The Greta Thunberg method

Against all odds, environmentalist Greta Thunberg has succeeded in becoming a political icon. Professor of political science Thomas Olesen from Aarhus BSS has analysed how this was possible.

2021.06.09 | Awards

Ea Høg Utoft wins Emerging Gender Researcher Award

Postdoc at CFA Ea Høg Utoft wins Emerging Gender Researcher Award.

2021.05.28 | Public/media

The Department of Political Science ranks no. 1 worldwide

Aarhus University has been named the world’s best research institution within public administration.

Assistant professor of political science Martin Bisgaard Photo: Anders Trærup

2021.06.03 | Grants

DKK 4.9 million from DFF for Martin Bisgaard

Assistant professor of political science Martin Bisgaard has received a grant of DKK 4.9 million from the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) for his research project about what politicians think of voters.

Anne-Sofie Greisen Højlund Photo: Private

2021.05.12 | Talent development

Can the state ban smoking and make exercise mandatory?

PhD student in political science Anne-Sofie Greisen Højlund from Aarhus BSS receives an EliteForsk travel grant and goes on a research stay in Oslo. Here, she will work on her PhD project about how the state intervenes in the health of its citizens.

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…

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