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Transnationalisation across Borders in Europe
Duration: 2004 - 2009
The process of European integration is supposed to lead to a single European social space. To which extent has the juridical dissolution of national borders, as promoted by the EU, affected the lifeworld activity of people living close to national borders? And are cross border activities only dependent on personal advantages or is a value consensus also influential, as the Parsonian tradition proposed? These research questions are analysed in a two-step design. Firstly, Eurobarometer data in connection with macro data are used for multilevel analysis. Additionally, the study is based on a standardised mail survey in three German cities situated close to national borders. Beyond interest in the neighbouring country, several activities are examined such as shopping, friendships and jobs.
The European Union and Attribution of Responsibility in Mass Media
Project coordinator: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gerhards
Duration: 04.2004 - 10.2006
Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Project researchers: Dr. Anke Offerhaus
The project analyses to what extent and under which circumstances responsibility for political action is publicly attributed to the European Union. As the public sphere is dominated by national media and national actors, we expect that the EU is the perfect scapegoat. EU representatives are by and large ignored by national media, thus they are unable to respond to national attribution processes by presenting their own perspective. Based on quantitative content analysis of newspapers these hypotheses are examined over time (1995 to 2004) and in comparison between the press the in United Kingdom and Germany.
Effects of Environmental Protest in the Federal Republic of Germany
Project coordinator: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jochen Roose
Duration: 11.2003 - 10.2004
Funding: Fritz Thyssen-Stiftung
Project researchers: Manuela Beer (11.2003-04.2004), Patricia Deuser and Hanna Schlingmann.
What are the effects of environmental protest in Germany? Protest event analysis, i.e. the analysis of environmental protests as they are reported in daily newspapers over the years, offers data on protest activity by the movement over long time-spans. The project uses data from the PRODAT-project by the Social Science Research Centre Berlin for 1970 to 1994 and the German data set of the TEA-project (Transformation of Environmental Activism) for 1988 to 2000. For the whole period covered, time series are collected on dimensions which might be affected by environmental protest, such as media attention to environmental issues, attitudes towards environmental protection, action of political and economic elites, environmental behaviour, and the environmental situation. If protest has an effect on these dimensions the effects should become visible in the aggregate as well as particular circumstances in each single conflict constellation.
Fans and Fandom
Project coordinators/project researchers: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jochen Roose and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Mike S. Schäfer
In some phase of their lives, most people adore a musician or become supporter of a football club. Others favour special books, cars, etc. The project describes, what fans do and how they become fans of their respective objects. Additionally, more specific theoretical questions are explored. Is the social structure of fans, understood as a specific participatory audience, comparable to people who participate politically? Is there a particular elite among fans, who accumulate fan-specific social and cultural capital, and is this elite socio-structurally comparable to the elite in general society? Is there an effect of transnational fan activity on the transnationality of other life spheres? With a standardised internet survey these questions are explored.
Europeanisation of National Environmental Organizations in Germany and the United Kingdom
Duration: 1998 - 2001
As political competencies on environmental policy shifted from the national to the European level, national environmental organisations have had to realign their strategies. The project analyses to which extent the organisations direct their political activities towards the European level. The project is based on semi-structured interviews with representatives of environmental NGOs in Germany and the United Kingdom. Results show, that the Germans are much more hesitant to address the European institutions while the British NGOs work on the European level to a great extent. Resasons can be found in the inner logic of the organisations. The traditional lobbying approach in Britain is well compatible with the situation in Brussels while the grassroots tradition of German NGOs cannot be transferred to the European level. The organisations’ members favour not only political goals but also means of achieving them. Thereby they hinder the NGOs from fundamentally changing their strategies.
Roose, Jochen, 2003: Die Europäisierung von Umweltorganisationen. Die Umweltbewegung auf dem langen Weg nach Brüssel. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag (jetzt VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften).
25 Years Öko-Institut (Institute for Applied Ecology)
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Marginal Employment in Berlin-Brandenburg
Duration: 1997 - 1998
Funding: Hans Böckler-Stiftung, Dr. Irmtraud Schlosser
Transformation of Environmental Activism
Project coordinator: Christopher Rootes, University of Kent at Canterbury
Project researchers: : Prof. Dr. Dieter Rucht, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
Duration: 1997 - 2001
Funding: Forschungsförderung der Europäischen Union
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