RTG 2458: The Dynamics of Demography, Democratic Processes and Public Policy (DYNAMICS)

Western societies are challenged by massive demographic changes. Migration, population aging as well as changing family patterns are reconfiguring the lines of conflict. First, they contribute to changing societal needs and problem pressures in policy areas such as health, pension and education policy. Second, they reconfigure the political landscape by introducing new lines of conflict and thus changing the relationship between voters, political parties, interest groups and governments. Traditional research conceptions, such as welfare regimes, varieties of capitalism and class-based voting no longer do justice to current trends and have left policy-makers unprepared for the current dramatic shifts in voter demands and problem pressures generated by population aging, changing family structures and migration. The interdisciplinary RTG systematically studies the relationship between demographic change, democratic processes and public policy in order to shed much needed light on how the dramatic demographic shifts transform the existing political order and the established patterns of political competition. Our research programme is divided into three pillars: First, we investigate how demographic changes affect democratic processes, most notably preference formation, voting behaviour and government responsiveness and how political institutions moderate these effects. Second, we study how policy decisions targeting demographic shifts are actually made and how interest groups, institutional and partisan veto players, and international developments affect policy reactions to demographic changes. Third, we examine how public policies in turn affect demographic development by studying the effect of public policies on family and employment behaviour, old age poverty, old age care, retirement behaviour as well as the societal integration of migrants. In order to study these important questions, this RTG provides PhD students with a unique and internationally competitive curriculum in cutting-edge quantitative methods and advanced theories of demography, democracy and public policy taught and supervised by leading experts from Political Science, Demography and Public Policy. The RTG fosters interdisciplinary exchange to enable PhD students to conduct innovative research that sheds much needed light on how demographic shifts affect and interact with democratic processes and public policy.

Principal investigators
Klüver, Heike Prof. Dr. (Details) (Comparative Political Behaviour)

Further project members
Fasang, Anette Éva Prof. Dr. (Details) (Microsociology)
Giesecke, Johannes Prof. Dr. (Details) (Empirical Social Science Research)
Mau, Steffen Prof. Dr. (Details) (Macro Sociology)

Participating external organisations

Privat/ Mittelgeber Berlin

Duration of project
Start date: 09/2019
End date: 08/2028

Research Areas
Social Sciences

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