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 - November 2015

Reference books

Jones, Erik; Pasquino, Gianfranco
The Oxford handbook of Italian politics
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. - XXVII, 760 S.
Shelfmark: I/Info/Handb/002

EU Integration

Hoeglinger, Dominic
Politicizing European integration : struggling with the awakening giant
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. - X, 173 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.A./Allg/586

Population, migration, urbanism, social geography

Dirim, İnci
Impulse für die Migrationsgesellschaft : Bildung, Politik und Religion
Münster [u.a.]: Waxmann, 2015. - 342 S. : Ill.
Shelfmark: D/Bevgeo/177
Lang, Thilo
Understanding geographies of polarization and peripheralization : perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe and beyond
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XVI, 352 S. : graph. Darst., Kt.
Shelfmark: E.K./Bevgeo/525
Pfeffer, Dan
Group integration and multiculturalism : theory, policy and practice
Basingstoke [u.a.]: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015. - IX, 200 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Bevgeo/215

Education, science, research

Miethe, Ingrid; Soremski, Regina; Suderland, Maja; Dierckx, Heike; Kleber, Birthe
Bildungsaufstieg in drei Generationen : zum Zusammenhang von Herkunftsmilieu und Gesellschaftssystem im Ost-West-Vergleich
Opladen ; Berlin [u.a.]: Budrich, 2015. - 309 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: D/Bild/231

Labour market, classes, professions, status groups

Hollinshead, Graham
International and comparative human resource management
London [u.a.]: McGraw-Hill, 2010. - XVI, 247 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Erwkla/109
Mezzanzanica, Mario
Il mercato del lavoro negli anni della crisi : dinamiche, occupabilità e servizi
Roma: Aracne, 2012. - 364 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Erwkla/516
Sommer, Ilka
Die Gewalt des kollektiven Besserwissens : Kämpfe um die Anerkennung ausländischer Berufsqualifikationen in Deutschland
Bielefeld: transcript, 2015. - 410 S.
Shelfmark: D/Erwkla/286

Family, household, kinship

Bussolo, Maurizio; Köttl, Johannes; Sinnott, Emily
Golden aging : prospects for healthy, active, and prosperous aging in Europe and Central Asia
Washington: World Bank Group, 2015. - XXIX, 329 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Famil/392
Morgan, Leslie A.; Kunkel, Suzanne
Aging, society, and the life course
New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, 2016. - XII, 402 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: USA/Famil/085

Buss, Andreas E.
The economic ethics of world religions and their laws : an introduction to Max Weber's comparative sociology
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2015. - 219 S.
Shelfmark: THEO/Grund/176

EU institutions

Thierse, Stefan
Governance und Opposition im Europäischen Parlament : Minderheitenrechte und Agendakontrolle im legislativen Entscheidungsprozess
2015. - 352 Seiten
Shelfmark: E.A./Inst/229

International relations

Outhwaite, William
Europe since 1989 : transitions and transformations
London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2016. - X, 174 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Intbez/600

Nationalism, minorities, regionalism

Hurrelmann, Achim
The legitimacy of regional integration in Europe and the Americas
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XIV, 312 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/450
Keil, Daniel
Territorium, Tradition und nationale Identität : eine staatstheoretische Perspektive auf den Wandel nationaler Identität in der europäischen Integration
Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot, 2015. - 279 S.
Shelfmark: THEO/Nation/052
Nancheva, Nevena
Between nationalism and Europeanisation : narratives of national identity in Bulgaria and Macedonia
Colchester: ECPR Pr., 2015. - 208 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Nation/449

Political parties, elections, participation, elites, public opinion

Bandau, Frank
Wohlfahrtsstaatliche Strukturen und Parteieneffekte : eine vergleichende Analyse sozialpolitischer Konfliktmuster in Großbritannien, Schweden und Deutschland
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2015. - 378 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1139
Egner, Björn
Einstellungen deutscher Bürgermeister : lokale Eliten zwischen Institutionen und Kontext
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2007. - 261 S.
Shelfmark: D/Polsoz/344
Feldman, Stanley; Huddy, Leonie; Marcus, George E.
Going to war in Iraq : when citizens and the press matter
Chicago, Il [u.a.]: University of Chicago Press, 2015. - IX, 238 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: USA/Polsoz/230
Jolly, Seth K.
European Union and the rise of regionalist parties
Ann Arbor: Univ of Michigan Press, 2015. -
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1137
Lisi, Marco
Party change, recent democracies, and Portugal : comparative perspectives
Lanham [u.a.]: Lexington Books, 2015. - XII, 237 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: P/Polsoz/019
Müller-Rommel, Ferdinand; Mair, Peter
Party politics and democracy in Europe : essays in honour of Peter Mair
London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2016. - XXI, 264 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1140
Pytlas, Bartek
Radical right parties in Central and Eastern Europe : mainstream party competition and electoral fortune
London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2016. - XVI, 241 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Polsoz/1138
Tilly, Charles; Tarrow, Sidney G.
Contentious politics
2015. - xv, 268 Seiten : Illustrationen
Shelfmark: ALLG/Polsoz/329

Welfare state, social policy, public health

Baggott, Rob
Understanding health policy
2015. - xvi, 336 Seiten
Shelfmark: GB/Sozsta/169=2
Faricy, Christopher G.
Welfare for the wealthy : parties, social spending, and inequality in the US
New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2015. - XV, 251 S.
Shelfmark: USA/Sozsta/172

Constitution, european treaties, government, administration, law

Asarite, Laura
Europeanization through equality bodies : a Baltic Sea Region perspective
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2015. - 245 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/551
Gottschall, Karin
Public sector employment regimes : transformations of the state as an employer
Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XIX, 374 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Staat/667
Reinold, Theresa
Sovereignty and the responsibility to protect : the power of norms and the norms of the powerful
London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2014. - XV, 196 S.
Shelfmark: ALLG/Staat/178
Walt, Johan van der
Constitutional sovereignty and social solidarity in Europe
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2015. - 307 S.
Shelfmark: E.A./Staat/550

Inequality, mobility, social stratification

Della Porta, Donatella
The new social division : making and unmaking precariousness
Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - XII, 309 S.
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/166
Romano, Serena
Dopo la transizione : welfare e povertà in Europa Centro Orientale
Milano: Ledizioni, 2011. - 161 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: E.K./Unglei/167
Watson, William
The inequality trap : fighting capitalism instead of poverty
2015. - xviii, 218 Seiten : Illustrationen
Shelfmark: ALLG/Unglei/165

Economic structure and -growth, entrepreneurs, internal market

Laskos, Chrēstos; Tsakalōtos, Eukleidēs
Brennpunkt Griechenland : Krise, Eurozone und die Weltwirtschaft
Köln [u.a.]: ISP, 2015. - 211 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: GR/Wirt/021


Bellotti, Elisa
Qualitative networks : mixing methods in social research
London [u.a.]: Routledge, 2015. - XV, 208 S. : graph. Darst.
Shelfmark: MET/Design/228