The 'Societies of Europe' Series

Research question/goal: 

The 'Societies of Europe' series is a contribution of Eurodata to the establishment of a systematic empirical basis for studying long-term developments in European societies, their differences and similarities, their divergence and convergence. It concentrates on three major developments since the 19th century: population growth and demographic transition; industrialization and the changing division of labour; democratization and the growth of welfare states. These developmental processes have shaped the social structures and institutions of the European societies until today. The series consists of statistical handbooks, each supplemented by a CD with larger data sets and more detailed documentation. The books will be limited to more condensed statistical information, in tabular and graphical form, complemented by institutional data and interpretative texts. In total, 8 volumes will appear on Elections, Trade Unions, Population and Families, Labour Force and Social Security.

Fact sheet

1999 to 2005
Data Sources: 
Aggregate statistics, institutional information, and meta-information
Geographic Space: 
Western Europe, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic (not for trade unions & elections which are limited to Western Europe)



Rothenbacher, Franz (2005): The European Population since 1945. 1st ed., Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. [The Societies of Europe; 4] more
Rothenbacher, Franz (2002): The European Population, 1850-1945. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [The Societies of Europe] more
Caramani, Daniele (2000): Elections in Western Europe since 1815. Electoral Results by Constituencies. London: Macmillan. [The Societies of Europe] more
Ebbinghaus, Bernhard, and Jelle Visser (2000): Trade Unions in Western Europe since 1945. London: Macmillan. [The Societies of Europe] more