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Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

A Populist Moment?

Populist Attitudes of Voters and Non-Voters before the German Federal Election 2017 read more


Executive Summary: The "Popular" NRW Parliamentary Election of 2017

North Rhine-Westphalia conforms to an ongoing trend: In Germany's most populous federal state, voter turnout for a state parliamentary election in the country went up for the eighth time in a row. But, as our election analysis demonstrates, the social divide of voter turnout in NRW also increased in 2017 when compared to the state parliamentary election in 2012. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

When Machines Judge People

Processes of algorithmic decision-making (ADM) now evaluate people in many areas of life. ADM processes have been used for years to categorize people, without any real discussion of whether those processes are fair or how they can be explained, verified or corrected. One potential reason for this is that the systems have little to do with artificial intelligence (AI) as it appears in science fiction. People often associate AI with qualities exhibited by fictional characters like HAL 9000 or Wintermute: intentionality and consciousness. Yet, until now, powerful AIs of this sort have only been found in literary works and films, and have nothing to do with the systems presented in this collection of case studies. The latter, however, already play a significant role in deciding legal matters, approving loans, admitting students to university, determining where and when police officers are on duty, calculating insurance rates and assisting customers who call service centers. All are programs which are specially designed to address specific problems and which impact the lives of many people. It's not about the future according to science fiction, it's about everyday reality today. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Inclusive Growth for Germany 12: Building Resilience

Where do Germany and other countries stand with regard to resilience? Increasing resilience is one of the top priorities of global economic policy. The publication “Building Resilience – A comparison of eight OECD countries” measures resilience to an economic crises in a comparison of eight industrialized countries covering the years 1970-2016. Quite a varied picture emerges. Japan and Australia show considerable resilience in the context of crisis. France and Italy demonstrate a low level of resilience. The United States does little to serve as a role model for Europe with regard to resilience; while growth rates have been successfully stabilized there, crises have been accompanied by increases in inequality. In comparison to the average of the here considered countries, Germany has coped well. The Bertelsmann Stiftung will continue to look at the resilience concept within the framework of its “Inclusive Growth for Germany” project. A comprehensive study is scheduled to appear later this year. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Inclusive Growth for Germany 11: Economic Resilience

Over the next couple of days, governments will gather in Hamburg for the G20-summit with “Building Resilience” as a top priority. But what precisely does the concept of resilience imply? The newest issue of our “Inclusive Growth for Germany” series sheds some light on the resilience matter. The paper, entitled “Economic resilience – A new concept for policy making?” addresses the origin of the term resilience, illustrates its various usages in different disciplines, and translates it into a concept for social and economic policy. The Bertelsmann Stiftung will continue to look at the resilience concept within the framework of its “Inclusive Growth for Germany” project. A comprehensive study is scheduled to appear later this year. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

President Moon Jae-in − The Right Choice for South Korea

The success of the newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in will depend on whether he can unite a divided society. He also needs the support of the opposition to implement his ambitious reform agenda. In the current issue of the Asia Policy Brief, Hannes B. Mosler, junior professor at the Institute of Korean Studies and the Graduate School of Asian Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, analyzes the election and the reform agenda of the new president. read more

Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin, Jacques Delors Institut - Paris, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

The Future of the European Budget

In its recent White Paper, the European Commission describes scenarios for the future of European integration and imagines what the EU could look like by 2025. As a contribution to the ongoing debate, this paper outlines what the different scenarios might mean for the EU budget. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Estonia: Analyses from the Bertelsmann Stiftung program Shaping Sustainable Economies

The Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 "Smart Country: Connected. Intelligent. Digital." went to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former President of Estonia. We awarded him the prize in honor of his pioneering work on the promotion of digitalization in government, education and public services in Estonia. Our colleagues from the program Shaping Sustainable Economies analyse Estonia focusing on the economy. read more


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