The MZES library is a central service provider for the institute’s scientific staff with the following sectors:

The Europe Library

collects social science literature in the fields of comparative European research and European integration research for the period after 1945.

Its holdings encompass about 50,000 monographs and about 110 journals.

Collection priorities are:

  • Social structure and social inequality (education, occupational classes, labour market, demography)
  • Welfare state research (retirement provision, health policy, family policy, intermediary structures / welfare organizations, social reporting)
  • Migration, integration, ethnic and social conflicts, conflict resolution
  • EU research (development/expansion, legitimy research, institutions, European policies, external relations, international negotiations, political participation, democratization, identity issues)
  • Parties and elections (national and EU election studies, election systems, parliaments, governments, policies, stakeholder organizations)

The Statistics Library

collects extensively in supranational, international, national and subnational statistics of 50 countries with an emphasis on Europe as well as in statistics of international organizations (UN, OECD, etc.)

Collection priorities are:

  • Statistical yearbooks
  • Demographic statistics, including censuses
  • Social statistics
  • Economic statistics
  • Elections

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri 8.00 – 24.00
Sat-Sun 10.00 – 24.00
Borrowing/returning hours: Mon-Fri 8.00 – 19.00


The MZES-OPAC provides exclusively the holdings of the MZES library and is meant for searches. It offers special search functions for the statistics library and direct online access to full texts (

Primo (total holdings of the MZES library and all university departmental libraries including all campus-wide available electronic periodicals, e-books, and data banks)  (

KVK (Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue)
For extensive searches the KVK provides documentation of more than 500 million books and periodicals in library and booksellers’ catalogues worldwide. (


Use of the library and conditions of borrowing

The MZES library is located in building A 5, 6 (Part A) on the 1st floor.
The current periodicals are shelved on the ground floor. With the site plan it will be easy for you to find the locations of the individual signatures.

The library is a reference library, borrowing is restricted to MZES members and members of the university staff.

Conditions of borrowing, borrowing rules, conditions of use (PDF, in German)

There are several devices that can be used with the ECUM-Karte, for example.

The MZES library’s current issues of about 110 scientific journals are shelved in the shared periodicals pool on the ground floor.

Search options:
A large number of PCs with internet access as well as one reader-printer for the usage of microforms (microfiches and reels of microfilms) are available for searches. The data can be processed electronically directly on site (Kodak 3000 DSV with editing software). The microform room is open from 8.00-16.00.
Contact for searches:

  • Hermann Schwenger, MZES-Bibliothek Zi. 119a
  • Franz Rothenbacher, Europadatenarchiv Zi. 117

New Acquisitions

Thematic focus - June 2014

Reference books

Chen, Peter Y.
Work and wellbeing
Malden, MA [u.a.]: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. - XXXIV, 495 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/099=3
Cooper, Rachel
Wellbeing and the environment
Malden, MA [u.a.]: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. - XXXIV, 702 S. : Ill., graf. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/099=2
Huppert, Felicia A.
Interventions and policies to enhance wellbeing
Malden, MA [u.a.]: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. - XXXVI, 667 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/099=6
Kirkwood, Thomas B. L.
Wellbeing in later life
Malden, MA [u.a.]: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. - XXXII, 411 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/099=4
Landry, Susan
Wellbeing in children and families
Malden, MA [u.a.]: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. - XXXIV, 425 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/099=1
McDaid, David
The economics of wellbeing
Malden, MA [u.a.]: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. - XXXII, 320 S. : graf. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/099=5
Oltra, Benjamín
Atlas de pensamiento y ciencias sociales en los tiempos modernos
Madrid: Síntesis, 2014. - 372 S. : ill., graph. Darst., Kt.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Info/Handb/100

EU Integration

Bekemans, Léonce
Globalisation vs Europeanisation : a human-centric interaction
Bruxelles ; Bern ; Berlin ; Frankfurt am Main ; Wien [u.a.]: Lang, 2013. - 336 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/566
Radeljić, Branislav
Debating European identity : bright ideas, dim prospects
Oxford ; Bern ; Berlin ; Frankfurt am Main ; Wien [u.a.]: Lang, 2014. - XVI, 365 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/568
Trampert, Rainer
Europa zwischen Weltmacht und Zerfall
Stuttgart: Schmetterling-Verl., 2014. - 240 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/567
Wauquiez, Laurent
Europe : il faut tout changer
Paris: O. Jacob, 2014. - 302 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/565

General, social, economic history

Aust, Martin
Globalisierung imperial und sozialistisch : Russland und die Sowjetunion in der Globalgeschichte 1851-1991
Frankfurt am Main [u.a.]: Campus, 2013. - 464 S. : Ill.
Shelfmark: RUS/Allg/048
Bayerlein, Bernhard H.; Weber, Hermann
Überblicke, Analysen, Diskussionen : Deutschland, Russland, Komintern : neue Perspektiven auf die Geschichte der KPD und die Deutsch-Russischen Beziehungen (1918-1943)
BerlinBerlin: De GruyterDe Gruyter, 2014. - VIII, 477 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Allg/283=1
Bloudanis, Nicolas
Histoire de la Grèce moderne, 1828-2012 : mythes et réalités
Paris: Harmattan, c201. - 233 S.
Shelfmark: GR/Allg/030
Porter, Brian
Poland in the modern world : beyond martyrdom
Chichester [u.a.]: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. - VIII, 379 S. : Ill., graf. Darst.
Shelfmark: PL/Allg/050
Scott, Alev
Turkish awakening : a personal discovery of modern Turkey
London: Faber and Faber, 2014. - XII, 311 S.
Shelfmark: TR/Allg/031

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Dimitrova, Tanya; Kahl, Thede
Migration from and towards Bulgaria 1989 - 2011
Berlin: Frank & Timme, 2014. - 277 S. : Ill., graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: BG/Bevgeo/001
Fisher, Michael Herbert
Migration - a world history
Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Pr., 2014. - XIII, 149 S. : Ill., Kt.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/209

Education, science, research

Ashurst, Francesca; Venn, Couze
Inequality, poverty, education : a political economy of school exclusion
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. - IX, 195 S.
Shelfmark: GB/Bild/037
Cooper, Bruce S.
Handbook of education politics and policy
New York [u.a.]: Routledge, 2008. - XIII, 450 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: USA/Bild/046
Martens, Kerstin
Transformation of education policy
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. - XV, 284S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Bild/269
Siraj-Blatchford, Iram; Mayo, Aziza
Social class and educational inequality : the impact of parents and schools
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. - IX, 321 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bild/093

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Bispinck, Reinhard
Zwischen "Beschäftigungswunder" und "Lohndumping"? : Tarifpolitik in und nach der Krise
Hamburg: VSA-Verl., 2011. - 149 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: D/Erwkla/282
Dehnen, Veronika
Grenzüberschreitende Verhandlungen : wie Akteursdynamiken und institutionelle Umwelten internationale Rahmenvereinbarungen beeinflussen
Frankfurt am Main [u.a.]: Campus-Verl., 2014. - 300 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Erwkla/106
Detje, Richard
Krise ohne Konflikt? : Interessen- und Handlungsorientierungen im Betrieb - die Sicht von Betroffenen
Hamburg: VSA-Verl., 2011. - 150 S.
Shelfmark: D/Erwkla/283
Detje, Richard
Krisenerfahrungen und politische Orientierungen : der Blick von unten auf Betrieb, Gewerkschaften und Staat
Hamburg: VSA-Verl., 2013. - 151 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: D/Erwkla/281
Alberti, Manfredi
La scoperta dei disoccupati : alle origini dell'indagine statistica sulla disoccupazione nell'Italia liberale, 1893-1915
Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2013. - 286 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: I/Erwkla/018

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Fioramonti, Lorenzo
Civil society and world regions : how citizens are reshaping regional governance in times of crisis
Lanham [u.a.]: Lexington Books, 2014. - VIII, 195 S.
Shelfmark: AE/Nation/003
Hillis, Faith
Children of Rusʹ : right-bank Ukraine and the invention of a Russian nation
Ithaca, NY [u.a.]: Cornell University Press, 2013. - XVI, 329 S. : Ill., Kt.
Shelfmark: RUS/Nation/039
Sharpe, Michael O.
Postcolonial citizens and ethnic migration : the Netherlands and Japan in the age of globalization
Basingstoke [.a.]: Palgrave, 2014. - XIII, 270 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/434

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Allan, James
Democracy in decline : steps in the wrong direction
Montreal [u.a.]: McGill-Queen\'s University Press, 2014. - XV, 181 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1099
Bermeo, Nancy Gina
Mass politics in tough times : Opinions, votes and protest in the great recession
New York, NY [u.a.]: Oxford University Press, 2014. - X, 375 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1097
Carusi, Paolo
I partiti politici italiani dall'Unità ad oggi
Roma: Studium, 2013. - 280 S.
Shelfmark: I/Polsoz/191
Dalton, Russell J.
Citizen politics : public opinion and political parties in advanced industrial democracies
Los Angeles, Calif. [u.a.]: Sage, CQ Press, 2014. - XVI, 340 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/042=6
Dreu, Carsten K. W. de
Social conflict within and between groups
London [u.a.]: Psychology Press, 2014. - XIII, 188 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/181
Fontana, Marie-Christine
Europeanization and the weakening of domestic policy concertation : comparing policy sectors in Belgium and Switzerland
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2014. - 302 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1098
Hoeft, Christoph
Narration in der Krise : zum Wandel des sozialdemokratischen Wohlfahrtsstaatsdiskurses in Schweden
Stuttgart: ibidem, 2014. - 294 S.
Shelfmark: S/Polsoz/028
Johnston, Ron; Pattie, Charles J.
Money and electoral politics : local parties and funding at general elections
Bristol: The Policy Press, 2014. - IX, 211 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/263
Lachmann, Richard
United States in decline
Bingley [u.a.]: Emerald Group Publishing, 2014. - XV, 257 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/222
Nikolau-Smokobitē, Litsa; Sünker, Heinz; Rozanova, Julia; Pekka-Economou, Victoria
Citizenship and social development : citizen participation and community involvement in social welfare and social policy
Frankfurt, M.: PL Acad. Research, 2013. - 609 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/314

Regional policy, integration of minorities

Gould, Andrew C.
Europe\'s contending identities : supranationalism, ethnoregionalism, religion, and new nationalism
New York [u.a.]: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014. - XVIII, 285 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./Region/281

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Barcevičius, Egidijus; Weishaupt, J. Timo; Zeitlin, Jonathan
Assessing the open method of coordination : institutional design and national influence of EU social policy coordination
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. - XVII, 269 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/985
Bjorkman, James Warner; Nemec, Juraj
Health reforms in Central and Eastern Europe : options, obstacles, limited outcomes
The Hague: Eleven Internat. Publ., 2013. - X, 296 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/986
Johns, Michael
The new minorities of Europe : social cohesion in the European Union
Lanham [u.a.]: Lexington Books, 2014. - IX, 165 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/472

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Fleury, Antoine
Formation et décomposition des états en Europe au 20e siècle
Bruxelles ; Bern ; Berlin ; Frankfurt am Main ; Wien [u.a.]: Lang, 2012. - 287 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/641
Goodsell, Charles T.
The new case for bureaucracy
Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE/CQ Press, 2015. - XIV, 233 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: USA/Staat/064
Loth, Wilfried
Disintegration and integration in East-Central Europe : 1919 post-1989
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2014. - 380 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/642

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Hartman, Chester W.
America\'s growing inequality : the impact of poverty and race
Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014. - XVI, 573 S.
Shelfmark: USA/Unglei/080
Leicht, Kevin T.; Fitzgerald, Scott T.
Middle class meltdown in America : causes, consequences, and remedies
New York [u.a.]: Routledge, 2014. - 188 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: USA/Unglei/081
Reis, Elisa P.
Elite perceptions of poverty and inequality
London [u.a.]: ZED Books, 2005. - 220 S.
Shelfmark: AE/Unglei/006
Sutcliffe, Bob
100 ways of seeing an unequal world
London [u.a.]: Zed Books, 2005. - 287 S. : Ill., graph. Darst., Kt.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/151
Therborn, Göran
Inequalities of the world
London [u.a]: Verso, 2006. - XVIII, 332 S. : Ill.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/152
Winlow, Simon; Hall, Steve
Rethinking social exclusion : the end of the social?
Thousand Oaks, Calif. [u.a.]: SAGE, 2013. - 204 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/153

Trade unions, employers' organisations, associations at EU level

Luce, Stephanie
Labor movements : global perspectives
Cambridge [u.a.]: Polity, 2014. - VII, 248 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Verbän/045

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Conard, Edward
Unintended consequences : why everything you've been told about the economy is wrong
New York, NY [u.a.]: Portfolio/Penguin, 2012. - 310 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: USA/Wirt/032
Cowen, Tyler
The great stagnation : how America ate all the low-hanging fruit of modern history, got sick, and will (eventually) feel better
New York, NY [u.a.]: Dutton, 2011. - XIII, 109 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: USA/Wirt/033
Piketty, Thomas
Le capital au XXIe siècle
Paris: Éd. du Seuil, 2013. - 969 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Wirt/212
Robinson, Matthew; Murphy, Daniel
Greed is good : maximization and elite deviance in America
Lanham, Md. [u.a.]: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009. - XI, 137 S.
Shelfmark: USA/Wirt/034
Stark, Christopher
Neoliberalyse : über die Ökonomisierung unseres Alltags ; wie sich ökonomische Ideologie - einer abgeschwächten Rhetorik zum Trotz - weiter in alle Gesellschaftsbereiche frißt
Wien: Mandelbaum, 2014. - 348 S.
Shelfmark: THEO/Wirt/075
Westra, Richard
Confronting global neoliberalism : third world resistance and development strategies
Atlanta, GA: Clarity Press, 2010. - 276 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Wirt/213