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Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (CEACS)

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The Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (CEACS) is part of the Instituto Juan March de Estudios e Investigaciones, a private foundation founded in 1987 with the goal to fund graduate studies and research in the sciences, arts and humanities.


CEACS research areas include

- Social structure and evolution of advanced contemporary societies in Europe; their political systems, economies, and their cultural and historical roots

- Influence of governments, institutions and ideologies on economic policies

- Connection between equality, economic development and social policy in the evolution of European welfare states

- Electoral behavior and the comparative analysis of the social, party and ideological factors that influence the electoral preferences of the citizens of Western Europe Madrid: Calle Velzquez

- Role of trade unions and employers’ associations in periods of economic change

- Democratization processes in Central and Eastern

(Sources: Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences Annual Report 2001/2002: 9 and Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung Newsletter, www.mzes.uni-mannheim.de, summer 2004)

Researchers at CEACS

José María Maravall

José María Maravall, who is CEACS’ Academic Director and holds doctoral degrees from the universities of Madrid and Oxford, is Professor of Sociology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He was Minister of Education and Science from 1982 to 1988 and is member of the Research Council of the European University Institute, Florence. His major works include Dictadura y disentimiento político, 1978; La política de la transición, 1982; Las reformas económicas en las nuevas democracias (with Luiz Carlos Bresser and Adam Przeworski), 1995; and Los resultados de la democracia, 1995, all of which have also been published in Britain and the United States. Most recently he published Regimes, Politics and Markets, 1997, and co-edited Democracy and the Rule of Law (2001) with Adam Przeworski (Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences Annual Report 2001/2002: 11).

José Ramón Montero

José Ramón Montero, who earned his doctorate in law at the Universidad de Santiago, is Professor of Political Science at the Universitat Autónoma de Madrid. Among other works, he has published La CEDA: el catolicismo social y político en la II República, 1977; El control parlamentario, (with Joaquín G. Morillo), 1985; and La reforma del régimen electoral (with Richard Gunther and others), 1994. He is also co-editor, with Juan J. Linz, of Crisis y cambio: electores y partidos en la España de los años ochenta, 1986, and, with Richard Gunther and Juan J. Linz, of Political parties: old concepts and new challenges (Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences Annual Report 2001/2002: 12).

Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca Madrid: flowers in Parque Retiro

Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca, who earned his doctorate in Sociology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, is Associate Professor of Sociology at the same university. His most recent publications include “The Political Basis of Support for European Integration”, 2000, “Los efectos de la acción de gobierno en el voto durante la etapa socialista” (with Belén Barriero, 2000) and ETA contra el Estado (2001) (Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences Annual Report 2001/2002: 12). He also investigates terrorism in Spain and Northern Ireland and studies the GATT negotiations.

Andrew Richards

Andrew Richards, who obtained his doctorate at Princeton University, where he taught European politics and Soviet/Russian politics, has been Visiting Professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College, where he taught comparative and European politics. He is the author of Miners on Strike: Class Solidarity and Division in Britain (1996) (Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences Annual Report 2001/2002: 12).

Andrew’s research interests include social movements and protests, trade unions and labor relations, consequences of labor market inequality, and workers’ political behavior in relation to their location in the labor market. Andrew’s research explores who forms the core of the unionized workforce in the U.S. and Europe, and what unions can do to represent their members better and increase membership. Andrew coordinates a Juan March-funded research project on “Labor Markets, Inequality, and Interest Representation.” This project explores the consequences of labor market inequality from a comparative perspective, in particular focusing on labor markets and gender gaps.

Madrid: church behind Museo del Prado

Datasets and library access

At CEACS’ library, Inequality Fellows will have the same library rights as Juan March students. CEACS librarians Martha Peach, Almudena Knecht and Paz Fernandez kindly offered to help Inequality Fellows find the resources they need and to write letters of reference on behalf of our students so they can gain access to other libraries in Madrid. Librarians also handle inter library loans and copy requests.

Inequality Fellows are advised to email CEACS librarians if they have specific questions about the availability of datasets. Data can be downloaded in SPSS or Excel formats from abroad.


“General Library Policies and Services

The Centre’s Library is patterned after the American Academic Library model with an emphasis on service and collection development. It varies from that model in that it is a closed library, available only to members and invited scholars of the Centre. To lessen the negative impact of a closed library, both for our users and for those that are excluded, the library participates in inter-library cooperation via loans, photocopies and joint projects and is open to ways that our collections and services can be offered to excluded users.

Since we strive to make the library as much of a self-service library as possible, we place great importance on instruction and guidance in the use of the various resources. Both group and individual instruction is offered by the three librarians. We provide Virtual Reference Services as well (see our web page), and are continually migrating resources from paper to electronic to Internet access.

Because of the small number of users and the narrow subject areas of the Centre, we also strive to know in detail the research interests and activities of all members of the Centre and those of our invited scholars. With that knowledge we attempt to enrich the collection and to provide current awareness services.

The Library does not differentiate among its users as to services and resources. Madrid: Museo del Prado

Therefore invited scholars enjoy all the services and resources that are offered to members of the CEACS. The services offered include the following:

- Instruction in the use of the library and its resources

- Reference service to help identify resources

- Referral services to help identify other useful libraries and letters of introduction to expedite entry into those libraries

- Inter-library loans and photocopy provision

- Borrowing privileges

- Purchase of books and other monographic material

- Access to free photocopies, scanners, printers, microform readers, binding equipment

The Library is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Saturday from 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM. Sunday it is closed. We attempt to make sure that the maximum electronic access is provided so that this schedule does not preclude use of the Library’s electronic resources outside of Castelló 77.

Resources in the Library Madrid: Plaza Mayor

The Library collection is now close to 58,000 volumes. The strength of the collection is in imprints from the late 1980’s to the present. We collect in the general areas of political science and political sociology with small auxiliary collections in history, economics, and law. Our geographical emphasis is on Western Europe, and we collect in its major languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese). We also collect material on Eastern Europe but not in its languages. Because of the interest in transitions to democracy, we also have some material on Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Because of the Centre’s teaching activities, qualitative and quantitative analysis methodologies are also collected. […] we tend to collect on the period post-war to the present.

Our journal collection includes about 550 titles (both purchased and received as a result of exchange agreements) and another 500 titles that are not active either because they have ceased publication or we have chosen not to maintain a subscription. We have some 300 journals available electronically. We belong to Jstor and we tend to maintain both a paper and electronic subscriptions to our journals. We have access to various Spanish newspapers on line, which now include either their whole run or a few years.

Our data archive is harder to render in numbers but we have several thousand data sets. The bulk of the material comes via our membership in ICPSR, we have over 300 sets of public opinion data from the Centre for Sociological Research of the Spanish Government, all the Eurobarometers, World Values Studies, International Social Survey Program, etc. We also have material from the World Bank, the OECD, the IMF, Eurostat, GESIS, Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) and the UK Data Archive. We also harvest datasets from the Internet such as those of Barro, King, Gurr, etc. The size of our on-line data archive is now 55 gygabytes.

Bibliographic Data Bases include International Political Science Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts, EconLit, ERIC, ISOC (Spanish language journal database for the Social Sciences), Jstor, and Social Citation Index (all of the ISI World of Knowledge Databases). We also have Keesings Contemporary Archive.

Resources for the Study of Inequality in Europe and in Spain

By looking at the dissertations generated by students of the Centre, you will have a good idea of where the strengths and weaknesses lie in relation to inequality research. Since our first PhD students started researching, we have had researchers interested in inequality and means used to lessen it. Of course some have relied on library resources more than others and all have used more than the Centre’s library for documental research but the Library has attempted to respond to the needs of the researchers. Dissertations on unions, public policies for female labor, social movements, education reform, health policy reform, fiscal reform, industrial relations, the voter, public policy reform, political parties and gender policy, social capital, political participation, income inequality, immigration policy or policy impact on immigrants have all started here in the Centre’s Library and have all generated collection development in their areas. I would say we are fairly strong for policy studies and quite weak on data for policy outcome studies. Plaza Mayor in Madrid

It might be interesting to say what we do not have. We do not have any kind of social/economic GIS data for Spain nor for Europe. We do not have good data on the link between inequality and illness […], academic achievement (aside from years attended […], for inequality and job distribution that would be useful for Freeman and Newman. I could go on, but there are definitely areas that the library would have to develop in terms of data collections.


Contacts and web addresses

Martha Peach, Director of the Library peach@ceacs.march.es

Almudena Knecht, Head, Bibliographic Services a.knecht@ceacs.march.es

Paz Fernandez, Head, Readers’ Services pfernandez@ceacs.march.es

[…] Our subject headings are in English so you would search using the English word for the subject and would find material in various languages. Ex.: search Women Spain (using two search lines) to find material that would be in Spanish (mujeres Espaňa), English, French, etc.

We also have a member-restricted area that gives you access to material that is available only to members of the CEACS. Please check with one of the librarians to see if it is possible for you to have access.”

Research seminars

CEACS offers a research-in-progress seminar, in which their third and fourth year students present conference papers or dissertation chapters. Inequality Fellows are welcome to present their work in this seminar.

Practical information

Street scene in Madrid


The best strategy to find accommodation is through CEACS. Andrew Richards has kindly offered to circulate the details of visiting Inequality Fellow’s accommodation needs to students and staff of the Juan March Institute. Juan March students often look for someone to sublet their apartments, especially during the summer months.

Office space and computer access

Inequality Fellows need to bring their own laptops, which they can use in the CEACS library.

Health insurance

The U.S. Department of State provides extensive information on health insurance for Americans traveling abroad.


August is not a good month to conduct research at Juan March because the hours are limited from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The best periods to do a research placement at CEACS are from October to December, and March to mid-June. There are no organized activities at CEACS in January, February and July.


Renfe provides information on rail services in Spain. For a list of low-cost airlines operating in Europe, visit http://www.discountairfares.com/lcosteur.htm. To print out a location on a map, go to http://www.mappy.com./

Neptune Fountain in Madrid

Visa information

U.S. citizens staying in Spain as tourists for less than 90 days do not need a visa to enter the country. For the latest visa-related information, visit the websites of the U.S. Department of State and the Spanish Embassy in Washington, DC.

(Source: Katherine Newman and Katrin Križ’ site visit in spring 2004)

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