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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.

2021.04.08 | 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.

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…

2021.03.25 | 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.

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.

2020.12.18 | Research news

Mudslinging makes people less trusty of politicians

Our trust in politicians declines when they talk badly to and about one another. On the other hand, our trust is not affected by politicians disagreeing on political matters. New research disentangles the effect of disagreements and mudslinging in politics.

2020.10.20 | Research news

Citizens themselves contribute to political mistrust

People have a special ability to detect and disseminate information about egotistic and selfish leaders. In this way, citizens themselves contribute greatly to the proliferation of voter apathy and mistrust of politicians, according to a new study from Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University.

2020.10.13 | Research news

Empathy prevents COVID-19 spreading

New research in cooperation with the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences.

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