This high-risk research is innovative because it requires the integration of new types of data in order to disentangle the ways in which political preferences and social norms are shaped by structural conditions (bottom-up), as well as political agency and mobilization (top-down). Most projects to date were unable to address these questions as they relied on empirical data over short time spans. Therefore, we consider combining inductive methods (in particular focus groups) with both observational and experimental public opinion surveys, as well as automated text analysis of political statements/narratives of parties over several years (panels). The long-term focus of the data collection is a major advantage, as it will not only allow us to establish group inequality perceptions and policy demands in a reliable way, but also to study the relative effect of agency and structure on these inequality perceptions. The long-term perspective also makes this subproject particularly suitable for the URPP, which provides a longer funding horizon that most other public research funding schemes.
Prof. Silja Häusermann
Deputy Director of the URPP and Project Leader
Department of Political Science
Online Survey with 5000 respondents in Germany. Age range 18-57, representative quotas for gender and region of residence.
Data available upon request
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