European societies are undergoing important transformations due to increased immigration and the process of European integration. Given these developments states and societies are confronted with new conflicts and debates about inclusion and exclusion that are carried out within changing institutional arrangements. Moreover, old forms of difference like gender, class, religion and age gain new relevance.
INEX studies the challenges that the above-mentioned transformations pose for liberal democracies from a political science perspective with an emphasis on empirical research.
The research framework takes into account three analytical dimensions: the legal dimension that accounts for formal rights, the participatory dimension that considers the specific individual and collective practices, and the cultural dimension that regards identities, communities and feelings of belonging.