Polarization versus Cohesion in Society

Demographics, politics, and culture constitute powerful societal dynamics. Potentially, these dynamics harbour tendencies leading to polarization, yet they can also be navigated in a way that strengthens cohesion in society. To achieve the latter and avoid the former, it is essential to understand causes of these dynamics and to appraise their leverage. At IHS, focus will be on the following dynamics: population development (aging, health and care, migration); inequality and exclusion; gender and diversity; democratic legitimacy, participation, public opinion; education and labor.