In order to prevent the development towards a "Society of Extremes" and strengthen liberal values and institutions, mechanisms of individual and collective radicalization patterns have to be assessed. Beside the prevention and the prosecution of criminal offenses, incentives for exiting from extremist groups have to be taken. In this context, the project called „Extreme Society. Radicalization and Deradicalization in Germany" which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will systematically compare and assess the state of radicalization research (right wing, religious and left wing extremism) and will offer options for action and for strengthening democratic values. It is coordinated by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). The main projects consists of various academic institutions and prevention networks, investigating the processes of radicalization and deradicalization on micro, meso and macro levels, studying the role of the media and the possibilities of evaluating deradicalization methods.
Our subproject at BIM focusses on group radicalization processes. We will present our findings in various publications and events to make them accessible for policy makers.