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 – 18.00


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:

  • Franz Rothenbacher, Europadatenarchiv Zi. 117

New Acquisitions

Thematic focus - October 2015

EU Integration

Longo, Michael; Murray, Philomena
Europe's legitimacy crisis : from causes to solutions
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - VIII, 150 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/584
Loth, Wilfried
Building Europe : a history of the European unification
Berlin [u.a.]: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2015. - VIII, 485 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/585

General, social, economic history

Baumeister, Martin
Southern Europe? : Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece from the 1950s until the present day
Frankfurt am Main; New York: Campus, 2015. - 251 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Allg/287

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Alba, Richard D.; Foner, Nancy
Strangers no more : immigration and the challenges of integration in North America and Western Europe
Princeton, N.J. [u.a.]: Princeton Univ. Press, 2015. - X, 324 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/522
Eigenmann, Philipp
Migration und Minderheiten in der Demokratie : politische Formen und soziale Grundlagen von Partizipation
Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien, 2016. - XVII, 396 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/523
Fauri, Francesca
The history of migration in Europe : perspectives from economics, politics and sociology
London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2015. - XIX, 282 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/524

Education, science, research

Aubry, Carla
Education and the state : international perspectives on a changing relationship
Abingdon [u.a.]: Routledge, 2014. - VIII, 263 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Bild/337
Beck, Michael
Bildungserfolg von Migranten : der Beitrag von Rational-Choice-Theorien bei der Erklärung von migrationsbedingten Bildungsungleichheiten in Bern und Zürich
Bern: Haupt, 2015. - 250 S. : Ill., graf. Darst.
Shelfmark: CH/Bild/024
Busemeyer, Marius R.
Bildungspolitik im internationalen Vergleich
Konstanz: UVK-Verlagsges., 2015. - 176 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Bild/336
Corner, Trevor
Education in the European Union : post-2003 member states
London [u.a.]: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. - XIII, 273 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Bild/335=2

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Daskalakis, Dimosthenis
Greek labour relations in transition in a global context
Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 2015. - 374 S.
Shelfmark: GR/Erwkla/008
Scherr, Albert; Janz, Caroline; Müller, Stefan
Diskriminierung in der beruflichen Bildung : wie migrantische Jugendliche bei der Lehrstellenvergabe benachteiligt werden
Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2015. - 201 S.
Shelfmark: D/Erwkla/285

Family, household, kinship

Butler, Mark
Advanced Australia : the politics of ageing
Carlton, Vic: Melbourne University Press, 2015. - 200 S.
Shelfmark: AUS/Famil/002
Hellesdatter Jacobsen, Gro
Rights of children in the Nordic welfare states : conceptual and empirical enquiries
København: NSU Press, 2015. - 217 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/391
Kenschaft, Lori J.; Clark, Roger; Ciambrone, Desirée
Gender inequality in our changing world : a comparative approach
New York [u.a.]: Routledge, 2016. - XII, 450 S. : Ill., graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: USA/Famil/084
Lacković-Grgin, Katica
Parenthood and parenting in Croatia : a developmental and socio-cultural perspective
New York: Nova Science, 2015. - VIII, 317 S.
Shelfmark: HR/Famil/002
Woodman, Dan
Youth cultures, transitions, and generations : bridging the gap in youth research
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XV, 195 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Famil/174

EU institutions

Wessels, Wolfgang
The European Council
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. - XXIII, 288 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/228

Religion, culture, media

Cardoso, Gustavo
A sociedade em rede em Portugal : uma década de transição
Coimbra: Almedina, 2015. - 389 S.
Shelfmark: P/Medien/001
Schmitz, Sabine
Muslimische Identitäten in Europa : Dispositive im gesellschaftlichen Wandel
Bielefeld: transcript, 2015. - 427 S. : Ill.
Shelfmark: E.K./Kultur/139

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Kraus, Peter A.; Kivisto, Peter
The challenge of minority integration : politics and policies in the Nordic nations
Warsaw: De Gruyter Open, 2015. - 205 S. : Ill.
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/447
Pirker, Jürgen
Kärnten und Slowenien: Getrennte Wege - Gemeinsame Zukunft : Jugend zwischen Heimat, Nation und Europa
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2015. - 344 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/448

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Bego, Ingrid
Gender equality policy in the European Union : a fast track to parity for the new member states
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XII, 198 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1134
Chondros, Giōrgos
Die Wahrheit über Griechenland, die Eurokrise und die Zukunft Europas : der Propagandakrieg gegen Syriza
Frankfurt: Westend, 2015. - 235 S.
Shelfmark: GR/Polsoz/035
Dahlström, Carl
Elites, institutions and the quality of government
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XIX, 311 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/326
Decker, Frank
Rechtspopulismus und Rechtsextremismus in Europa : die Herausforderung der Zivilgesellschaft durch alte Ideologien und neue Medien
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2015. - 414 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1136
Diamond, Larry Jay; Plattner, Marc F.; Rice, Condoleezza
Democracy in decline?
Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. - XII, 127 S.
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/189
Eremina, Natalʹja V.; Seredenko, Sergei
Right radicalism in party and political systems in present-day European states
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2015. - VI, 249 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1133
Harsanyi, David
The people have spoken (and they are wrong) : the case against democracy
Washington, D.C: Regnery Publishing, 2014. - 230 S.
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/229
Laurens, Sylvain
Les courtiers du capitalisme : milieux daffaires et bureaucrates à Bruxelles
Marseille: Agone, 2015. - 464 S. : Ill.
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/303
Norris, Pippa
Why electoral integrity matters
New York, NY [u.a.]: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014. - XIII, 297 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/327
Papakostas, Nikolaos
An agenda for the Western Balkans : from elite politics to social sustainability
Stuttgart: ibidem-Verl., 2015. - 246 S. : Ill., graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1132
Pirro, Andrea L. P.
The populist radical right in Central and Eastern Europe : ideology, impact, and electoral performance
London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2015. - XX, 222 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1135
Polyakova, Alina
The dark side of European integration : social foundations and cultural determinants of the rise of radical right movements in contemporary Europe
Stuttgart: ibidem, 2015. - 180 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/302
Schweizer, Max
Integration am Ende? : die Schweiz im Diskurs über ihre Europapolitik ; ein Lesebuch
Zürich: Chronos-Verl., 2015. - 389 S.
Shelfmark: CH/Polsoz/071
Vasilopoulou, Sofia; Halikiopoulou, Daphne
The golden dawn\'s "nationalist solution" : explaining the rise of the far right in Greece
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - IX, 110 S.
Shelfmark: GR/Polsoz/034

Curini, Luigi; Jou, Willy; Memoli, Vincenzo
Why policy representation matters : the consequences of ideological proximity between citizens and their governments
London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2016. - XVI, 126 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz328

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Bekker, Sonja
Flexicurity : the emergence of a European concept
Cambridge [u.a.]: Intersentia, 2012. - XIII, 333 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/481
Carlone, Ugo
Per il welfare : materiali e contributi sulle politiche sociali
Perugia: Morlacchi Editore U.P, 2015. - 227 S.
Shelfmark: I/Sozsta/053
Hajkowicz, Stefan
Global megatrends : seven patterns of change shaping our future
Clayton South: CSIRO Publ., 2015. - 210 S. : graph. Darst., Kt.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/237
Jacquot, Sophie
Transformations in EU gender equality : from emergence to dismantling
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - VIII, 210 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/480
Johnson, C. Douglas
Social capital : global perspectives, management strategies and effectiveness
New York: Nova Science, 2015. - ix, 299 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/238
McClelland, Alison; Smyth, Paul
Social policy in Australia : understanding for action
2014. - xvii, 302 Seiten : Illustrationen
Shelfmark: AUS/Sozsta/007
Mularska-Kucharek, Monika
Social capital and quality of life
Lódź, Krakau: Jagiellonian University Press, 2014. - 169 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/236
Romano, Serena
The European social model adrift : Europe, social cohesion and the economic crisis
Farnham: Ashgate, 2015. - XIII, 249 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1002
Warfelmann, Anna Caroline
The politics of parliamentary pensions in Western democracies : understanding MPs' self-imposed cutbacks
Frankfurt am Main: Lang Ed., 2015. - XV, 294 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1003

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Capano, Giliberto; Howlett, Michael; Ramesh, M.
Varieties of governance : dynamics, strategies, capacities
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XIII, 265 Seiten : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/666
Dong, Lisheng
Public administration theories : instrumental and value rationalities
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XII, 296 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: THEO/Staat/095
Huber, Daniela
Democracy promotion and foreign policy : identity and interests in US, EU and non-Western democracies
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XII,241 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/664
Itrich, Jolanta
The civil service in Poland : theory and experience
Frankfurt am Main ; New York: Lang, 2015. - S.
Shelfmark: PL/Staat/022
Ongaro, Edoardo
Multi-level governance : the missing linkages
Bingley [u.a.]: Emerald, 2015. - XVIII, 352 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/549
Schmelzle, Cord
Politische Legitimität und zerfallene Staatlichkeit
Frankfurt am Main [u.a.]: Campus-Verl., 2015. - 309 S.
Shelfmark: THEO/Staat/096
Strang, Johan
Nordic cooperation : a European region in transition
London ; New York: Routledge, 2016. - XV, 210 pages
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/665
Suchkov, Maxim A.
Essays on Russian foreign policy in the Caucasus and the Middle East
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2015. - 141 S.
Shelfmark: RUS/Staat/068

Concepts & theories of integration, federalism, special theories

Nelson, Camilla
On happiness : new ideas for the twenty first-century
Crawley, W.A: UWA Publishing, 2015. - VII, 226 S.
Shelfmark: THEO/Spez/138

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Honohan, Iseult
Tolerance and diversity in Ireland, north and south
Manchester: Manchester Univ. Press, 2016. - XIV, 284 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: IRL/Unglei/014
Perugini, Cristiano
Inequalities during and after transition in Central and Eastern Europe
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XIV, 315 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/165

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Phelps, Edmund S.
Mass flourishing : how grassroots innovation created jobs, challenge, and change
Princeton, NJ [u.a.]: Princeton University Press, 2013. - XII, 378 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: THEO/Wirt/078

Literature about Software (separate location)

Mitchell, Michael N.
Stata for the behavioral sciences
College Station, TX: Stata Corporation, 2015. - XXXII, 646 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: EDV/STAT/STATA/102