Research Projects

ANTICORRP seeks to advance the knowledge on how corruption can be curbed in Europe and elsewhere. The project’s main objective is to investigate and explain the factors that promote or hinder the development of effective anti-corruption policies and impartial government institutions. Funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme, this five-year project is being conducted by 21 research groups from 16 countries, and the participation of the Hertie School of Governance is coordinated by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi.

The DAHRENDORF FORUM: Debating Europe is an initiative of the Hertie School of Governance, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Stiftung Mercator. The objective of the project is to shine a light on the productive influence academia can have on sociopolitical discourse.

DIGIWHIST is an EU Research project which aims at improving trust in governments and efficiency of public spending across Europe by empowering civil society, investigative journalists, and civil servants with the information and tools they need to increase transparency in public spending. The project has been awarded to the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS) at the Hertie School of Governance and is to run for three years (March 2015 – February 2018).

Expert Group: Workers’ Voice and Good Corporate Governance In Transnational Firms in Europe | 2015-2018

This research project led by Anke Hassel seeks to promote the level of knowledge of the role of workers’ voice in transnational European companies. An expert group composed of academics, stakeholders and company practitioners is to discuss the following themes: the extent and forms of workers’ voice and its role in corporate restructuring and employment protection, as well as the investment in skills, diversity, sustainability approaches and investment for long-term orientation of business models and corporate governance reform. The project is also also looking at institutional trajectories and functional equivalents of workers’ voice.

The project is funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation.

The main idea underlying the Governance Report is that the conditions of public policymaking have changed – and are continuing to change – as a result of a number of factors. These include a greater openness of national borders; a growing volume of cross-border economic activity; deepening policy interdependence among countries; more risks and more competition – not only among firms but also states; increased public/private partnering; a strengthened role of civil society; and last but not least, major shifts in global power relations.

The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?

Markus Jachtenfuchs is a member of the research group examining the role of international law in a changing global order. The research group, which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG),  brings together international lawyers and political scientists from five institutions in the Berlin-Brandenburg region: Freie Universität Berlin, Hertie School of Governance, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Universität Potsdam and the Berlin Social Science Center (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin). The fellow programme for international researchers who visit the group for periods of up to two years is an important pillar of the Research Group. Individual research projects benefit from dense interdisciplinary exchanges among senior scholars, practitioners, postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students from diverse academic backgrounds. The Research Group is to explore a range of questions related to international rule of law: can we, under current conditions, still observe a juridification of international relations based on a universal understanding of values, or are we seeing a tendency towards an informalisation or a re-formalisation of international law, or even an erosion of international legal norms? Would it be appropriate to revisit classical elements of international law in order to react to structural changes which may give rise to a more polycentric or non-polar world order? Or are we simply observing a slump in the development of an international rule of law based on a universal understanding of values? [more]

ISHARE: The Sharing Economy’s Impact in Germany | 2015 - 2018

What contribution do the various business models of Sharing Economy Organisations (SEOs) make to sustainable economic activity in Germany? Many business models claim they contribute, in one way or another, to economic, social and environmental goals. However, a systematic comparison of these models has not been undertaken. An analysis of their positive and negative effects is needed in conjunction with an estimation of their current and potential future contributions to society. Researchers from the Hertie School, under the leadership of Johanna Mair, are contributing to ISHARE, a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research that aims to investigate these and other questions related to the sharing economy. The Hertie School is part of a research collective that includes the Institute for Middle Class Research (ifm) at the University of Mannheim, the Chair for Organisation and Business Development at the University of Göttingen, the Chair of Business Administration, Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Mannheim, as well as the Chair of Information Systems and Management at Augsburg University. [more]

This four-year research project coordinated by Mark Dawson is to examine the relationship between judges and policymakers in the context of the EU's Lisbon 2020 strategy. While the focus of public discussion in Europe in recent years has been financial stability, attention has recently shifted to economic growth and competitiveness as a key way out of the crisis. These goals are a central part of the EU's overarching 'Lisbon Strategy'; a policy blueprint to be achieved by 2020. Little attention, however, has been paid to the role of law and courts in achieving the strategy's goals. This project is to address this deficit by examining the role of EU Courts in relation to the Lisbon strategy in key policy fields.

The project is sponsored by the Marie-Curie Programme of the European Union.

This project, under the leadership of Hertie School Professor Genia Kostka, analyses the scale, patterns and causes of cost overruns in 170 large public infrastructure projects in Germany. Of those, 119 were finished between 1960 and 2014 and 51 are currently still under construction. Projects from the building, transportation, defence and ICT sectors are analysed based on systematically planned versus real budgets as well as planned versus real timelines. Three detailed case studies on the Berlin Airport BER, the Elb Philarmonic and Offshore Wind Turbines round out the investigation.

The study was made possible by the friendly support of the Karl Schlecht Foundation.

Funded by the EU's FP7 framework, the LIPSE research project (Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments) identifies drivers and barriers to successful innovation in the public sector in eleven EU countries and seven policy sectors. The project consortium is focusing on five building blocks from social innovation in the public sector: the innovation environment, the inputs and outputs of innovation, tools and processes, and systems of public innovation.

The Berlin Centre for Consumer Policies' goal is to create an enduring international platform for the broad area of consumer policies, where excellent interdisciplinary research can actively and effectively inform policymakers on issues that are highly relevant to the current policy debate. Funded by Leibniz Gemeinschaft, this project – Leibniz Science Campus Berlin Center for Consumer Policies – seeks to better understand the laws, institutions, and regulations of consumer policies, and is coordinated by Christian Traxler.

For the first time ever, the health literacy of Germans is to be bolstered via a National Action Plan, to be developed through a joint research project between the Hertie School of Governance and the University of Bielefeld. Under the direction of Klaus Hurrelmann (Hertie School), Doris Schaeffer and Ullrich Bauer (Bielefeld) and Kai Kolpatzik (AOK Bundesverband), the project is planned to be completed over the course of two-and-a-half years, under the patronage of the Federal Minister of Health, Hermann Gröhe, with funding from the Robert Bosch Foundation. Heide Weishaar (Hertie School) coordinates the project. Following the example of health literacy initiatives in other countries, German-based experts from varying disciplines are to develop concrete recommendations for improving health literacy in Germany. [more]

Foundations make a significant contribution to civil society. This fact, as well as the role and the position of foundations, is being explored by a new research group at the Center for Social Investment and Innovation at the University of Heidelberg, in cooperation with the Hertie School of Governance. The research project is called "Positioning and Contributions of German Foundations" and is headed by Helmut K. Anheier. Furthermore, it is, fittingly, being funded by five German Foundations, namely the Volkswagen, Mercator, Robert Bosch, Fritz Thyssen, and Hertie Foundations.

SEFORIS seeks to understand the potential of social enterprise in the EU and beyond to improve social inclusiveness of society through greater stakeholder engagement, promotion of civic capitalism and changes to social service provision. It does this by investigating key processes within social enterprises for delivering inclusion and innovation, focusing on organisation and governance, financing, innovation and behavioural change. Additionally, the project investigates formal and informal institutional contexts, including political, cultural and economic environments, as well as institutions directly and indirectly supporting social enterprises. Funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program, this three-year project is conducted by research groups from 8 different European countries, Russia and China and the participation of the Hertie School of Governance is coordinated by Johanna Mair.

STARS focuses on understanding changes in the relationship between the state, society and the financial sector to gain a broader understanding of the causes and consequences of the global financial crisis of 2007/2008. Funded by BMBF, the project (lead by Anke Hassel) will analyse the different roles of the state in relation to the financial sector and how each of these relationships are shaped by perceptions of risk – or how risk perceptions are shaped by those relationships.