Prof. Dr. Martin Heidenreich

New Book: Die doppelte Spaltung Europas

Fractured Europe. Social and Territorial Inequalities in Europe
From an international perspective, income inequality in Europe is comparatively low and it is decreasing. Nevertheless, social and territorial inequalities threaten the social foundations of European integration and in particular the European Union (EU). This book argues that this paradox is the outcome of high levels of non-monetary inequalities, increasing inequalities for some regions and groups, and also the Europeanisation of social inequalities. This means that the generation, regulation and perception of social inequalities does not take place only at the national, but also at the European level. The more deeply the EU and the European integration intervene in the lives of Europeans, the more it also influences their life chances and the more they compare their situation with that of other Europeans. The book facilitates better understanding of this Europeanisation of social divisions by analysing the social and territorial patterns of social inequality in Europe, its Europeanisation and the cleavages between central and peripheral regions and advantaged and disadvantaged groups. Drawing on the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, it is the first study of its kind to comprehensively analyse current trends of social inequality within and between countries in essential dimensions (employment and unemployment, wages, income, poverty and exclusion, education and wealth). This analysis shows that without a stronger focus on social cohesion the European integration undermines its basis, the support of its citizens. This has been become obvious in particular during the most recent crises of the EU.

Martin Heidenreich

Martin Heidenreich is Professor of Sociology with special attention to Social Stratification at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany. He is Jean-Monnet Chair for European Studies and founding director of the Jean Monnet Centre for Europeanisation and Transnational Regulations (CETRO). His research interests are regional, national and European patterns of inequality, employment and innovation. Past and current research has been funded by numerous agencies including the European Commission, the German Research Foundation, the Volkswagenstiftung and different ministries.

Martin Heidenreich


Jean Monnet Chair for European Studies in Social Sciences
Department of Social Sciences
School of Education and Social Sciences
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Ammerländer Heerstraße 114-118/A6 4-403
D-26111 Oldenburg
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E-mail: martin.heidenreich(at)


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