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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.

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…

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