POLAR working paper #2

The POLAR working paper titled “Explaining the ‘Democratic Malaise’ in Unequal Societies: Inequality, External Efficacy and Political Trust” is now available for download on the publications page (or click here for direct download). We look forward to receiving you questions, comments or suggestions!

Join the POLAR team!

The POLAR project invites applications for two positions of a research fellow (m/f/d; pre- or post-doc). Both positions are available from July 1, 2022 until the end of project funding by March 31, 2025. See the job posting on the university website for more information.

POLAR presentation at the Politics & Society Workshop Series 2022 in Milan

Carlotta presented joint work with the POLAR team exploring how different dimensions of economic inequality affect political trust at the Politics & Society Workshop Series 2022 in Milan, Italy the 17th& 18th March this year. Thanks to the organizers for this wonderful workshop! For more info on the event see: https://www.soziopolis.de/fileadmin/Editorial/Calls/CfA_Individual_and_Contextual_Effects_10.1.2022.pdf

Upcoming POLAR presentations at the 2021 AS online conference “Cohesive Societies?”

This year’s conference of the German Academy of Sociology (AS) will be held online on the theme of “Cohesive Societies?” between September 29 and October 1, 2021. Given its highly topical umbrella theme, we are very happy to have two contributions from the POLAR project at the conference. On September 29, Markus Gangl will giveContinue reading “Upcoming POLAR presentations at the 2021 AS online conference “Cohesive Societies?””

Upcoming Talk at the 15th ESA Conference 2021

On September 3rd, Carlotta Giustozzi will give a presentation with the title “Beyond financial strain: Explaining the relationship of unemployment and civic participation through values and social identity” at the 15th ESA virtual Conference, Barcelona. She will present findings from her dissertation project on the effects of unemployment on civic participation in Germany with SOEPContinue reading “Upcoming Talk at the 15th ESA Conference 2021”

Successful PhD defense

On July 13, Carlotta Giustozzi very successfully defended her PhD thesis. The thesis looks at the social consequences of cumulated labor market marginalisation and was supervised by Markus Gangl and Patrick Sachweh. Huge congratulations, Carlotta, from everyone else at Team POLAR!

Upcoming Talk at the Sciences Po OSC Scientific Seminar

On June 18, Markus Gangl will give a presentation at the OSC Scientific Seminar at the Sciences Po’s Observatoire Sociologique de Changement in Paris. Under the heading “A New Old Macroeconomics of Social Cohesion: Rising Prosperity Still Trumps Rising Inequality, at Least for Many”, Markus Gangl will present new findings from the POLAR project toContinue reading “Upcoming Talk at the Sciences Po OSC Scientific Seminar”

Talk at the Cluster Colloquium

On May 18, Markus Gangl gave an online presentation at the colloquium of the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality”, based at the University of Konstanz. The talk dealt with the question “Is Rising Inequality a Threat to Democracy?” and summarized first findings from the POLAR project. More information about the program of theContinue reading “Talk at the Cluster Colloquium”

POLAR working paper presented at the Workshop on Perceptions and Policy Preferences

„Explaining the democratic malaise: Testing perceived responsiveness as a mechanism of the inequality-trust link“ was presented at the Workshop on Perceptions and Policy Preferences in Hamburg on May 7th. In this paper, Simon Bienstman, Svenja Hense and Markus Gangl ask whether perceptions of responsiveness explain why and how income inequality affects political trust. They developContinue reading “POLAR working paper presented at the Workshop on Perceptions and Policy Preferences”