The MZES library is a central service provider for the institute’s scientific staff and includes 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 all journals licensed for the Mannheim University campus.

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 – 22.30
Sat-Sun 10.00 – 22.30
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)
Book search interface for more than hundreds of million books and serials in library and book trade catalogs 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. The site plan help you to locate the relevant volume according to its individual shelfmark.

The library is a reference library, borrowing is restricted to MZES and  university staff member.

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

Several self-service photocopying machines to use with the  ECUM card, as well as free scanners to use with personal USB flash drives are available in the library.

The MZES library’s current issues of 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 accessible by appointment.
Contact for searches:

  • Franz Rothenbacher, Europadatenarchiv Room No 119a
  • Brigitte Reiss, Library Room No 129

New Acquisitions

Thematic focus - January 2018

EU Integration

Attac Österreich
Entzauberte Union : warum die EU nicht zu retten und ein Austritt keine Lösung ist
Wien : mandelbaum, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/610

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Bennett, Sam
Constructions of migrant integration in British public discourse : becoming British
London ; Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
Shelfmark: GB/Bevgeo/048

Comte, Emmanuel
The history of the European migration regime : Germany's strategic hegemony
London ;K New York : Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/539

Polakow-Suransky, Sasha
Go back to where you came from : the backlash against immigration and the fate of Western democracy
London : Hurst & Company, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/540

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Procyk, Stephanie
Precarious employment : causes, consequences and remedies
Halifax ; Fernwood Publishing, 2017
Shelfmark: AME/Erwkla/006

Family, household, kinship

Blöss, Thierry
Ageing, lifestyles and economic crises : the new people of the Mediterranean
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/408

Jurado Guerrero, Teresa
Youth in transition : housing, employment, social policies and families in France and Spain
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/409

International relations

Xu, Yi-Chong
The working world of international organizations : authority, capacity, legitimacy
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Intbez/511

Religion, culture, media

Akan, Murat
The politics of secularism : religion, diversity, and institutional change in France and Turkey
New York : Columbia University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Kultur/144

Pajnik, Mojca
Populism and the Web : communicative practices of parties and movements in Europe
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Medien/061

EU member states

Closa, Carlos
Secession from a member state and withdrawal from the European Union : troubled membership
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./MGS/493

Furedi, Frank
Populism and the European culture wars : the conflict of values between Hungary and the EU
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./MGS/494

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Morrison, Ken
Nationalism, identity and statehood in post-Yugoslav Montenegro
London ; Bloomsbury, 2018
Shelfmark: MNE/Nation/001

Neuer Nationalismus im östlichen Europa. Kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven 2016 München
Neuer Nationalismus im östlichen Europa : kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven
Bielefeld : transcript, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/462

Rubin, Victor
Regional equity
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016
Shelfmark: USA/Nation/042

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Anselmi, Manuel
Populism : an introduction
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/361

Arceneaux, Kevin
Taming intuition : how reflection minimizes partisan reasoning and promotes democratic accountability
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/247

Baser, Bahar
Authoritarian politics in Turkey : elections, resistance and the AKP
London : I.B. Tauris, 2017
Shelfmark: TR/Polsoz/026

Behnke, Joachim
Wahlen und Wahlsysteme
Berlin ; De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2017
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/199

Cushion, Stephen
Reporting elections : rethinking the logic of campaign coverage
London : Polity, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1215

Douzinas, Costas
Syriza in power : reflections of an accidental politician
Cambridge, UK : Polity, 2017
Shelfmark: GR/Polsoz/037

Finchelstein, Federico
From fascism to populism in history
Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2017
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/198

Formisano, Ronald P.
American oligarchy : the permanent political class
Urbana, Illinois : University of Illinois Press, 2017
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/248

Gregg, Gary S.
Social values and moral intuitions : the world-views of "millennial" young adults
London : Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/249

Hindmoor, Andrew
What's left now? : the history and future of social democracy
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: GB/Polsoz/289

Hopkins, David A.
Red fighting blue : how geography and electoral rules polarize American politics
Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/246

Jusko, Karen Long
Who speaks for the poor? : electoral geography, party entry, and representation
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1214

Leonardi, Robert
Government and politics of Italy
London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
Shelfmark: I/Polsoz/195

Mochtak, Michal
Electoral violence in the Western Balkans : from voting to fighting and back
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1210

Morgenstern, Scott
Are politics local? : the two dimensions of party nationalization around the world
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1212

Mudde, Cas
The far right in America
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/250

Norris, Pippa
Strengthening electoral integrity
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/358

Odmalm, Pontus
The European mainstream and the populist radical right
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1211

Pollak, Johannes
London; New York : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/360

Przeworski, Adam
Why bother with elections?
Cambridge, UK : Polity, 2018
Shelfmark: THEO/Polsoz/200

Tomini, Luca
When democracies collapse : assessing transitions to non-democratic regimes in the contemporary world
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/359

Vai, Lorenzo
Governing Europe : how to make the EU more efficient and democratic
Bruxelles ; P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/331

Wennerhag, Magnus
Radical left movements in Europe
London : Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1213

Zielonka, Jan
Counter-revolution : liberal Europe in retreat
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Polsoz/332

Šechovcov, Anton
Russia and the western far right : tango noir
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: RUS/Polsoz/118

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Centro Studi Investimenti Sociali
Rapporto sulla situazione sociale del paese ..
Milano : Franco Angeli Nachgewiesen 1968 - 1969; 4.1971 -
Shelfmark: I/Sozsta/007

Cummins, Ian
Poverty, inequality and social work : the impact of neoliberalism and austerity politics on welfare provision
Bristol : Policy Press, 2018
Shelfmark: GB/Sozsta/202

Kapferer, Elisabeth
Rethinking social capital : global contributions from theory and practice
Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/253

Kubon-Gilke, Gisela
Gestalten der Sozialpolitik : theoretische Grundlegungen und Anwendungsbeispiele
Marburg : Metropolis-Verlag, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Sozsta/252

MacRae, Heather
Towards gendering institutionalism : equality in Europe
London ; Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Sozsta/492

Natali, David
The new pension mix in Europe : recent reforms, their distributional effects and political dynamics
Brussels : P.I.E. Peter Lang S.A., 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1032

Oorschot, Wim van
The social legitimacy of targeted welfare : attitudes to welfare deservingness
Cheltenham, UK ; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1033

Powell, Fred
The Political Economy of the Irish Welfare State : Church, State and Capital
Bristol ; Policy Press, 2017
Shelfmark: IRL/Sozsta/042

Sokhey, Sarah Wilson
The political economy of pension policy reversal in post-communist countries
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Sozsta/1031

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Behnke, Nathalie
Ten years of federalism reform in Germany : dynamics and effects of institutional development
London : Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: D/Staat/198

Bellamy, Richard
Political theory and the European Union
London ; Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/576

Economides, Spyros
EU security strategies : extending the EU system of security governance
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/573

Gerschewski, Johannes
Crisis in autocratic regimes
Boulder, Colorado ; Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2017
Shelfmark: ALLG/Staat/183

Psygkas, Athanasios
From the "democratic deficit" to a "democratic surplus" : constructing administrative democracy in Europe
New York : Oxford University Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/575

Stanivuković, Senka Neuman
Europeanization as discursive practice : constructing territoriality in Central Europe and the Western Balkans
London : Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/574

Starodubtsev, Andrey
Federalism and regional policy in contemporary Russia
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: RUS/Staat/072

Džankić, Jelena
The Europeanisation of citizenship governance in South-East Europe
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/684

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Antonelli, Gilberto
Inequality in Economics and Sociology : New Perspectives
London : Routledge, 2017
Shelfmark: THEO/Unglei/079

Blomberg, Eva
Gender equality on a grand tour : politics and institutions -- the Nordic Council, Sweden, Lithuania and Russia
Leiden ; Brill, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/181

Brown, Roger
The inequality crisis : the facts and what we can do about it
Bristol, UK ; Policy Press, 2017
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/182

Grusky, David B.
Inequality in the 21st century : a reader
Boulder, CO : Westview Press, 2018
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/185

Hahn, Barbara
Inequality in America : interdisciplinary perspectives
Heidelberg : Universitätsverlag Winter, 2017
Shelfmark: AME/Unglei/009

Trade unions, employers' organisations, associations at EU level

Humphrey, Jill C.
Towards a politics of the rainbow : self-organization in the trade union movement
London ; Routledge, 2018
Shelfmark: GB/Verbän/047

Laurens, Sylvain
Lobbyists and bureaucrats in Brussels : capitalism's brokers
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Verbän/124

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Batzella, Francesca
The dynamics of EU external energy relations : fighting for energy
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Shelfmark: E.A./Wirt/287

Beramendi, Pablo
The politics of advanced capitalism
New York, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2015
Shelfmark: ALLG/Wirt/216

Luxbacher, Günther
DIN von 1917 bis 2017 : Normung zwischen Konsens und Konkurrenz im Interesse der technisch-wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung
Berlin ; Beuth Verlag GmbH, 2017
Shelfmark: D/Wirt/145


Flick, Uwe
The SAGE handbook of qualitative data collection
Los Angeles ; SAGE, 2018
Shelfmark: MET/Erheb/099