The Politics of Inequality

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Clusters of Excellence

Perceptions, Participation and Policies

"The Politics of Inequality: Perceptions, Participation and Policies" - that is what we call our Cluster of Excellence within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the federal and state governments. This cluster of excellence is a joint project of researchers from political science, sociology, economy, linguistics, psychology and education studies.

We study the cycle that is formed by the perception of unequally distributed resources, political mobilisation resulting from perceived inequality, the policy measures undertaken to deal with them, and their impact on the underlying distribution of resources. Besides inequality of economic resources (wealth), we are interested in unequally distributed access to information, the effects of education and language, and the effects of group membership with pertaining rights and privileges (or the lack thereof).

We employ a wide spectrum of methods – ranging from quantitative studies such as in surveys to qualitative case studies, from lab experiments to econometric analysis of aggregate data, from computational linguistics to semantic field analysis –, and we are keen on fruitful, direct, personal exchange to bridge the gaps between disciplines. Aside from our research program, we also feel our mission must include early career support, equal opportunities, and knowledge transfer.