Policy and society

Our research


Policy and society. They seem to be closely interwoven. Because invariably, it is the questions or needs of citizens that prompt policymakers to design new rules and/or action. And such public interventions, in turn, often seek to make an unmistakable social impact, such as by nudging certain target groups into specific behaviour or by setting clear boundaries and barriers. Or are policy and society today further apart than ever? For why do pressing issues in the field of security and climate change not get to the top of the public agenda and/or in time, and are democratic measures massively criticised in times of crisis?

Policy research is essential to investigate the efficiency, effectiveness, and fairness of governance choices to resolve societal challenges. We need to know how policy is made, why it is made in such a way, what influences policy outputs and outcomes, and whether policies are up to the task of solving societal issues. Better governance requires knowledge on what works, why, how and under what circumstances.

How and what?

This line of research aims to contribute to a better and sustainable understanding of their mutual interaction. That is why we work from multiple disciplines and perspectives. We not only want to describe, but also explain in order to better understand and even forecast. That’s why we work deductively on the basis of existing frameworks, models and theories, but also inductively based on observations and classification. With a view to reaching understandable patterns and mechanisms in adopting policy within a social context. To this end, we use qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods approaches. Research into policy and society employs qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods approaches.