Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Projects

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Information Security Law in the EU and the U.S.: A Risk-Based Assessment of Implicit and Explicit Regulatory Policies

The level of information security currently provided by governments and private entities leaves them and the (personal) data they store exposed to a high level of risk.
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History, Memory and Reconciliation

This series will examine scholarly and institutional efforts to create new national narratives that walk the fine line between before and after, memory and truth, compensation and reconciliation,...
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The Origins of Democratic Institutions in Europe

What explains the variation in the democratic institutions of contemporary European and North American societies?The implications of electoral rules and legislative institutions for social and...
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Principles of European Integration: Treaty revisions in multi-stage two-level processes

This project explores the revision of the treaties of the European Union using a multi-stage two-level-analysis.
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A Comparative Analysis of Online Distribution of Software in the United States and Europe: Piracy or Freedom of "First Use"?

This project provides an understanding of the current copyright laws regarding software licensing in the United States and Europe. The concept of copyright under both the U.S.
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The Cult of the Cross in Byzantium

My dissertation discusses the cult of the cross in the Byzantine Empire from the reign of its first emperor Constantine the Great (r.
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Contemporary History and the Future of Memory

Far from promoting a "competition of memories," the series seeks to create a debate and establish an exchange between various groups, pointing out the similarities and the differences of their...
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Semantic Information Systems and Visualization

Business InformaticsIn today’s businesses information technology plays a central role.
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The Patent Application: A Comparison between Europe and the U.S.

Research and development are key elements of a competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy. Patents, in particular, are a driving force for promoting innovation and growth.
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A Status Report from the Software Decompilation Battle

A source of sores for software copyright owners in the European Union and the United States?For traditional media, such as novels, copyright represents a “bargain” between the individual author and...
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Transatlantic Technology Law Forum

The European Union and the United States, the world's leaders in the fields of innovation and high technology, share a common set of values based on a commitment to democracy, human rights, market...
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European Union E-commerce Law Project

This project examines the law and policy of the European Union for e-business activities as well as the relevant economic governance issues and regulatory practices including the transatlantic (EU...
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Austria in the Postwar World

Three-year series of workshops on Austria under Allied Occupation; Austria and the Cold War; Austria and the New Europe.
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Democracy in the European Union

This project discusses visions of democracy, and analyzes and determines criteria for the evaluation of the democratic character of political systems.
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The Political Economics of European Parliamentary Democracies

This project addresses such questions as how electoral laws translate election results into seats in national legislatures, how they influence strategic voting amongst the electorate, and how...
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Institutional Reform in the EU

Christophe Crombez (University of Leuven) has been at the European Forum as a Visiting Associate Professor since July 1999.
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Nuclear Proliferation, Nuclear Safety, and the Transport of Hazardous Material

Under the leadership of CISAC Consulting Professor George Bunn and Fritz Steinhausler (University of Salzburg), a visiting professor at CISAC and IIS, the European Forum and CISAC co-sponsored...
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Mass political beliefs

In partnership with a number of European colleagues, Paul Sniderman (IIS and Political Science) is directing a series of large-scale public opinion surveys designed to take advantage of computer...
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Comparative Regulatory Approaches to Biotechnology

This project includes comparative regulatory structures in advanced industrial states, i.e.
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Europe, America and the Multilateral Trade System

 This project examines the complex trade relationships between the US and the EU and their key roles in the development of the multilateral trade system.
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Comparative Study of Farm Policy Reform in the EU and US

This project involves David Orden, Virginia Tech., who was a visitor at IIS in the 1998-99 academic year, and Wayne Moyer, Grinnell College, together with Tim Josling (TEC and FSI).
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