The goal of the SAFE-19 consortium is to analyse the role of solidarity in the context of the COVID-19 crisis for the attitudes and behaviour of German citizens in a multidisciplinary way. The consortium aims to disentangle the transformation over time of the weighting between self-interest and common good orientation as well as the role of political institutions and the interplay between them and individual citizens for the extreme trade-offs between freedom and economic well-being on the one hand and saving human lives on the other.
The SAFE-19 consortium poses the following research questions:
- What is the immediate impact of the government’s solidarity appeal? How can we capture the change in behaviour and attitudes through social media monitoring?
- What explains the variation in behaviour and attitudes among individuals and which factors influence the choice of acting in solidarity. How can solidarity be increased?