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Economics: Political Economy

Search Engines and Reference Sources

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). Journals, books, policy briefs, working papers, and conference proceedings from research institutes worldwide related to international affairs analysis and advocacy materials. 

EconLit. Comprehensive index to scholarly journal articles in economics. It also lists books and dissertations, and indexes articles within 'collective works' (books consisting of collections of essays or individual papers). Most citations include a searchable abstract.

IDEAS: Economics and Finance Research. A free database on economics with citations and some text for thousands of working papers, books and book chapters, and articles from peer-reviewed journals.

JSTOR. Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR is an archive which means that current issues (generally the most recent 3-5 years) of the journals are not yet available.

PolicyFile. Access to information in economics, politics, the environment, and social issues, taken from reports from thinks tanks, Non-governmental organizations, international governmental organizations, and other institutions worldwide.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.  Access to books, journals, and dissertations within the field of political science and related to international relations, law and politics, political economy, public administration, and public policy. 

US Data Sources

Catalist. Contains data from voting-age individuals from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data is compiled from a number of sources, including voter registration and Census data. Catalist provides two access points: the Q Tool and the M Tool. The Q Tool is a query to conduct extracts of the database, and the M Tool is used for uploading the researcher’s data to the database and matching voter records from the researcher’s dataset to the database information. IMPORTANT: Use is limited to the UCB community only. All UCB users must apply for access via the D-Lab through the linked form. Staff at the D-Lab will contact the user when access is approved.

CQ Voting and Elections Collection. Documents and data, background information and definitions, and historical material on elections and the electoral process in America. A data set of voting/election statistics is available. 

Data Planet. Access to data points from local, state and international governments and organizations. Allows for customization of the data by selecting subjects, variable of interest, and the ability to view your data in side-by-side tables, charts and maps. 

Field Poll.  An independent, non-partisan, media-sponsored public opinion news service. Each year the poll covers a wide range of political and social topics examining California public opinion.

Odum Archive Dataverse. A repository for all Louis Harris public opinion data and Roper Center nonproprietary poll data. A catalog of more than 2800 studies and series in its data holdings arranged by title, principal investigator, and subject.

Political Moneyline. Tracking of the flow of money in politics at the federal level with some state information. Enables tracking of contributions from Political Action Committees (PACs), individual donors to politicians, elected officials, and party committees

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.  Domestic and international survey data. The Center's Public Opinion Location Library (iPOLL) gives online access to a database including poll questions asked in US from 1936 to present.

PolicyMap. US demographic and socioeconomic data indicators from the neighborhood census block to national levels: data on demographics, neighborhood conditions, real estate, income, jobs, education, crime, and health.

Quorum allows you to track legislators social media posts, who legislators work with and on what topics/issues. It can also alert you when legislation moves forward. Quorum is available to Berkeley students, faculty and staff, and requires users to create a free account using their berkeley.edu email address. Limited to 20 simultaneous users. 

International Data Sources

BMI Online. Industry analysis and forecasts on political, economic, and health risks in 55 countries. Also include project data in the areas of infrastructure, power plants, natural gas, mines, refineries, and medical distributors. UCB does not subscribe to the BMO country analyses. 

Center for Systemic Peace (Polity IV). Sponsor of the Integrated Network for Societal Conflict Research (INSCR) which has data on armed conflict and interventions, political regime characteristics, armed conflict, state fragility,  and much more. 

CIRI Human Rights Data Project. Data measuring national government respect for internationally recognized human rights instruments from 1981-2011.

Correlates of War. Data on wars, non-state wars, and interstate disputes dating back to the 19th century. Associated or collerated measures include membership in international organizations, religion, alliances, colonial dependencies, diplomatic exchanges, and more.  

Database of Political Institutions (DPI). Data on the political institutions and regime characteristics of countries from 1975.

Democracy Times Series Data.  Contains data on the social, economic and political characteristics of 191 nations with over 600 variables from 1971.

Gallup AnalyticsAllows users to access Gallup polling data. Polling topics include views on the government, education, well-being, economics, politics. For the United States, it includes new data, as well as historical data to discover trends at the country or state level. Users can track polling data for countries around the globe from 2005-present. 

The Macro Data Guide.  Amazing and close to comprehensive guide to macro data broken down by country and topic.  Includes the following subcategories for politics.

Political Terror Scale. Codes countries on human-rights and the rule of law, based on reports from Amnesty International and the U.S. State Department.

PRS Group Country DataPolitical risk data for 140 countrie from 1980, as well as macroeconomic data and Political Risk Services (PRS) forecasting on bureaucracy, corruption, civil disorders, ethnic tensions, poverty, inflation, terrorism, and other metrics.

VoteWorld. From the UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies, London School of Economics, and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Data from the European Parliament and US Congress.

Votes in the UN General Assembly. UN General Assembly votes from 1946-2005, from Eric Voeten, George Washington University.

Worldwide Governance DataFrom the World Bank. Indicators of  corruption, rule of law, government accountability and effectiveness, regulatory environment, political stability, etc.

Selected Journals

These journals are specific to Political Economy, but researchers in the field also publish in many other economics journals. See this listing of some highly cited ones for more information.

American Political Science Review
American Journal of Political Science

American Sociological Review
European Journal of Political Economy
Journal of Political Economy
International Journal of Political Economy
International Organization
World Politics
World Development

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