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Carsten Jensen asked a representative sample of the British population about their attitudes towards welfare benefits. Are the benefits to people on welfare too generous? And do their attitudes shift when you manipulate the figures of the welfare benefits? Photo: Unsplash
Carsten Jensen received the Harrison Award for the best article in Political Studies in 2019. Photo: AU Photo

2020.06.15 | Research news

Exaggeration enhances resistance

The higher benefits you believe people on welfare receive, the greater resistance it generates in the population. Therefore, it is very effective when politicians exaggerate their rhetoric and highlight the extreme examples, award-winning research from Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University shows.

We are not expecting the coronavirus crisis to lead to democratic breakdown in Denmark because we have a strong associational landscape and many years’ of experience with a well-functioning democratic government. Photo: Colourbox

2020.04.23 | Research news

Old democracies will make it through times of crisis

Are old democracies at risk of breaking down in today’s society? No they are not, argue researchers from Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University. Old Western democracies are resilient. They will also survive the current coronavirus crisis. The reason is that we have become so accustomed to democracy as a form of governance that we are in fact unable to…

2020.03.13 | Research news

Rules and requirements may increase inequality

Many of the life factors that cause people to need help from the state also reduce people’s ability to handle the rules and requirements of the welfare state. According to researchers from Aarhus BSS, the administrative rules and requirements may thus increase inequality in society.

2019.09.17 | Research news

Democratic dialogue may limit polarisation

Citizens may counteract polarisation and be the guarantors of sound political decisions. This is the main message in an article by Professor Rune Slothuus and a number of his international research colleagues in the journal Science.

2019.09.03 | Research news

Voluntary national tests may affect weak students

Academically, primary and secondary school students of low socioeconomic status benefit significantly from national tests. However, schools with the most disadvantaged students are also most likely to opt out of the tests.

2019.09.02 | Research news

Framing affects our attitudes

A new study from the department explores how interest groups frame their messages in the media. This may help us understand how our perception of topics such as state education grants or the teachers’ working hours is affected by the words and frames used by the groups. Ultimately, this may allow us to make more informed decisions.

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2019.08.12 | Research news

Female researchers are cited just as much as their male colleagues

Several studies have concluded that male researchers are cited more than their female counterparts. However, researchers from the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy have dug deeper and conclude that there is no meaningful difference between the genders. According to the researchers behind the study, this conclusion should be…

2019.05.06 | Research news

Danish voters are sore losers

New research from the department shows that voters’ perception of Danish democracy is affected by whether they vote for a winning or a losing party. It is particularly striking that the losers are still less satisfied with democracy three years after an election.

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2019.03.25 | Research news

Four historical Danish general elections – and one to come?

LONGREAD: Insights, a media platform from Aarhus BSS, takes you back to four historical elections that have each made their mark on the political landscape according to two professors from the Department of Political Science.

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2019.03.05 | Research news

Teachers under pressure choose Anders instead of Ahmed

When Danish school teachers are under pressure, they discriminate students with Middle Eastern names. This is the conclusion of new research from TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research at Aarhus BSS. When the teachers’ workload is reduced, the discrimination is also eliminated.

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