Welcome to the Collaborative Research Center SFB 884

"Political Economy of Reforms"

Our society faces great economic and social challenges. There is widespread consensus that reforms are necessary to cope with these challenges. Yet, we experience that reform initiatives are frequently delayed, compromised, or fail altogether. The goal of this multidisciplinary SFB 884 is to provide scientific insights into success and failure of reforms, determined by competing interests (Group A), contexts (Group B) and the political process of reform-making (Group C). As the core infrastructure, a data center will collect new data on these three dimensions. The SFB 884 brings together more than 20 senior and junior researchers from economics, political science, sociology and statistics. Their joint interest is to advance the theoretical and empirical foundations of quantitative research on societal decision-making in general, and the understanding of reform-making in particular.

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Last Update: 23.06.2015


Carina Cornesse on reseach stay in Ann Arbor


Bettina Siflinger at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies


Leading Political Science Journal "APSR" - editorship coming to Mannheim


SFB PhD-students´ paper awarded 2nd place at GESS science speed dating