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Antidemocratic Attitudes in a District. The Example of Marzahn-Hellersdorf

Project duration: 15/03/2017 - 31/12/2018

Principal investigators: Prof. Dr. Michael Brodowski

Project staff: Raiko Hannemann, Andrea Metzner, Jeannine Löffler, Paula Moldenhauer

Partner: concept Gesellschaft für Projektentwicklung

The project examines the attitude of the inhabitants of the district toward democracy on four levels:    

  • level of order (general attitude towards democratic order),
  • level of commitment (interest in politics, political activity, willingness to participate),
  • level of opinions and values (conscious attitude towards democratic values, behaviour in everyday life),
  • level of character and personality (unconscious dispositions which make people susceptible to antidemocratic behaviour and propaganda).

The aim is to identify different types of attitudes towards democracy.
First there will be a quantitative survey. Then theoretical assumptions and first research results will be examined in depth, using qualitative methods. Recommendations for policy and for civil society will be developed based on these research results. The recommendations will be specific for different target groups and should help to counteract antidemocratic attitudes.   


Keywords: Antidemocratic, Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Eastern Germany, Right-Wing Populism, Right-Wing Extremism

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