Category Archives : Social Sciences


NEW BOOK Co-Authored: Tausch-Heshmati-Karoui, Announced by NOVA Publishers (NYC)

The Political Algebra of Global Value Change: General Models and Implications for the Muslim World Link to Nova Publishers Authors: Arno Tausch, Almas Heshmati and Hichem Karoui  Book Description:  This book is intended to provide a new approach to the study of global values and global value change, based on representative international survey data, above all, […]

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Migration, Openness and the Global Preconditions of Smart Development

Arno Tausch, Corvinus University, Innsbruck University Almas Heshmati, Korea University Boğaziçi Journal Review of Social, Economic and Administrative Studies, Vol. 26, no. 2 (2012), pp. 27-89. Abstract We present a first empirical reflection on smart development,’ its measurement, possible drivers and bottlenecks.’ We first provide cross-national data on how much ecological footprint is used in […]

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Social sciences for knowledge and decision making

By Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Social science research should lead to a better understanding of current societal developments and enable policy makers to propose solutions to problems and design policies that can serve the public more effectively. Governments are increasingly aware of the need and opportunities to improve the contribution of social science […]

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Discovery: The New Science of Learning

Researchers find social aspects of learning important at all ages According to recent studies, young children learn best through social interaction. Andrew Meltzoff and his colleagues at the University of Washington are studying an emerging field called the “Science of Learning,” which re-evaluates how children learn in formal and informal settings.

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Religion in World Affairs

Its Role in Conflict and Peace Author: David Smock Series: USIP Special Reports This paper addresses the potentially positive role of religion in peacemaking and conflict resolution, commenting on the United States Institute of Peace’s (USIP) field work experiences. It examines the link between religion and conflict, reviews the experiences with religious activism, mediation and […]

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Global Restrictions on Religion

The PEW Forum December 2009 Executive Summary For more than half a century, the United Nations and numerous international organizations have affirmed the principle of religious freedom.1 For just as many decades, journalists and human rights groups have reported on persecution of minority faiths, outbreaks of sectarian violence and other pressures on religious individuals and […]

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