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Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung

Through its publications, Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung provides a wide audience with the latest information on the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s projects and topics – from Agenda 2030 to Future of the Social Market Economy. We prepare and publish background materials, findings from studies, and outcomes from the foundation’s projects, making them available – as print versions or e-books – to the interested public.


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Dominik Hierlemann, Stefan Roch, Paul Butcher, Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Corina Stratulat, Maarten de Groot

Four out of five European citizens want to have a bigger say in EU policymaking. Already now, they can participate in the European Union through elections, citizens’ initiatives, consultations, petitions, dialogues, and the...

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Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Managing the peaceful transition of authoritarian states to democracy and a market-economic system represents a tremendous challenge. Whether it comes to reconstituting the coherency of the state following armed conflict,...

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Twelve Stars Initiative, Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Twelve Stars presents 24 though-provoking essays by leading European philosophers on the policy choices that the European Union now faces. Proposals include a European basic income scheme; financial regulation that puts people...


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Dominik Hierlemann, Stefan Roch, Paul Butcher, Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Corina Stratulat, Maarten de Groot

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About us

Our publications are all about – innovation! From A as in “algorithm” to Z as in “zero emissions”, our titles offer something for everyone. In our books, we pose crucial questions and provide innovative answers. We engage in policy debates, analyze social transformation processes and propose practical solutions for creating a sustainable society. Our catalogue of titles includes printed publications, e-books and audiobooks, with numerous new releases appearing each year.
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Our authors and target groups

Our authors are specialists at the Bertelsmann Stiftung or renowned academic institutions in Germany and beyond. In addition to the general public, our publications address German policy leaders at the federal and state levels, experts in the economic and social sectors, as well as journalists and students.

Our history

Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung was established at the end of 1985 to increase awareness of the topics addressed by the foundation. Reinhard Mohn, the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s founder, had close ties to the publishing industry and strongly supported the creation of a publishing house for the foundation. We celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2016.


Questions and answers

Do you have questions about shipping, about our publications or about Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung in general?

How can I order your books/e-books?

You can use the “shopping cart” on our website to order printed materials and CDs/DVDs. Or contact our shipping department directly: 
Shipping / Customer Service / Book Orders
VVA – Arvato Media GmbH
Customer Service
Tel.: +49 5241/80-8 82 80
Fax: +49 5241/4 90 14

For special inquiries, please e-mail Renate Vies at VVA. Contact:

Enclosed in your shipment you will find an invoice including bank transfer slip and bank details.
Our e-books and audio downloads are available at all major online stores. A limited number of links to online stores is displayed next to the relevant title on our website.
All books (print) and DVDs/CDs can be ordered at any bookstore in Germany.


What does shipping cost?

The charge for each shipment is €3.00. This applies to all shipments within the EU.
Different shipping charges apply to all other countries. The charge appears in a country list displayed during the ordering process (shopping cart). Charges for countries outside of Europe are calculated by the weight of the shipment and the shipping method. 
We recommend ordering our books from a bookstore near you. That allows you to avoid the shipping charges and you will be supporting your local bookseller. 


How long does it take to receive an order?

Orders are sent by post (DHL) and usually take 5 to 7 business days. If it is urgent, please call us directly or select the e-book option.


How can I order a press or review copy?

Copies for the press or for reviews can be ordered at any time by contacting us by e-mail. Please send your inquiry to:
Inquiries for specimen copies, which we provide only in exceptional cases, should also be sent to   



Can I submit a manuscript for publication by Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung?

Unfortunately, we do not accept outside manuscripts for publication. Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung is a special-purpose publisher and, in accordance with its bylaws, may only publish manuscripts that are written expressly for projects carried out by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. 




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Sabine Reimann
Director Publishing
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Christiane Raffel
Production Editor
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Elisabeth Menke
Distribution Manager