Archive for July, 2009

Recent acquisitions

By Kieron L Jones, on 29 July 2009

political ideologies book cover Wealth and life : essays on the intellectual history of political economy in Britain, 1848-1914 / Donald Winch
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.

The Princeton encyclopedia of the world economy / editors in chief, Kenneth A. Reinert, Ramkishen S. Rajan ; associate editors, Amy Jocelyn, Lewis S. Davis
Princeton, N. J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2009.
2 volumes ECONOMICS H 10 REI

Analyzing the global political economy / Andrew Walter and Gautam Sen ; foreword by Benjamin J. Cohen
Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2009.

The economics of inaction : stochastic control models with fixed costs / Nancy L. Stokey
Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2009.

Indigenous rights / edited by Anthony J. Connolly
Aldershot : Ashgate, c2009.

The international politics of judicial intervention : creating a more just order / Andrea Birdsall
Abingdon : Routledge, 2009.

Humanitarianism in question : politics, power, ethics / edited by Michael Barnett and Thomas G. Weiss
Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, 2008.

Political ideologies and the democratic ideal / Terence Ball, Richard Dagger
New York ; London : Pearson Longman, c2009.

ENACT: Enacting European citizenship

By Kieron L Jones, on 29 July 2009

ENACT ENACT is a ‘Socio economic Sciences and Humanities’ Programme funded by the European Commission. It involves researchers from the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, Hungary, Latvia and Turkey in the exploration of how European citizenship is claimed, disputed, built and enacted. This compares ideas and policies of citizenship and identity in established EU nations, accession nations and new post-communist European nations. Major strands of work are considering relations between Tukey and the EU, mobility within Europe and its impact upon EU citizenship and identity, the European Court of Justice and the enactment of EU citizenship, immigration and identity, and EU citizenship in Latvia. The website provides access to blog postings, press releases and full text papers detailing research findings.


By Kieron L Jones, on 15 July 2009

global poverty mapping projectThe Global Poverty Mapping Project seeks to enhance current understanding of the global distribution of poverty and the geographic and biophysical conditions of where the poor live. Additionally, the project aims to assist policy makers, development agencies, and the poor themselves in designing interventions to reduce poverty.”

Project highlights include the ability to:

“… download the collection of subnational, spatially explicit, poverty data sets. These are available for selected proxy measures of poverty, at global and national scales. The global data are of varying resolution, but primarily coarse; the national data sets are of considerable higher-resolution.”

“… explore the data catalogs. These catalogs describe the variables available in each data set, and the underlying spatial, survey, and census data sets used to construct the integrated collection. Metadata records also provide details on source data and methods.”

Social science for counter terrorism: putting the pieces together

By Kieron L Jones, on 14 July 2009

This site provides free access to the full text of a book edited by Paul K. Davis and Kim Cragin which was prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and published by RAND in 2009 ISBN 978-0-8330-4706-9. The 542 page book provides a comprehensive survey of social science literature relating to terrorism. Topics covered include the causes of terrorism, why people become terrorists, how terrorists generate support (including coverage of radicalisation processes), the economics of terrorism and counterterrorism, and how social science knowledge and theories can help guide counterterrorist strategies.


By Kieron L Jones, on 8 July 2009

Economagic Economagic is a comprehensive site of free, easily available economic time series data useful for economic research, in particular economic forecasting. There are more than 200,000 time series for which data and custom charts can be retrieved. The core data sets involve US macroeconomic data (that is, for the whole US), but the bulk of the data is employment data by local area – state, county, MSA, and many cities and towns.

Changes to access for electronic Library resources

By Kieron L Jones, on 8 July 2009

“From 1 August 2009, in common with many other UK universities, UCL will no longer be using the ‘Athens’ login for access to electronic library resources. The Athens login service now incurs an institutional subscription, and it is more efficient for UCL to provide an in-house mechanism.

You may still see links labelled ‘Athens login’ on various resources, but UCL users must take a different route to log in.

UCL staff and students are advised to access all resources through the lists of electronic journals and databases available on the Library Services website (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/ejournal and http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/database).

This will guarantee that you get free access to all the resources to which you are entitled as a UCL member. If you are on-site you will not need to log in to resources. If you are off-site, you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password automatically (no cookies are required, unlike Athens).

If you reach by another route the website for an electronic resource to which UCL subscribes, you can also follow the instructions on the information page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/e-res.shtml ‘Logging in on a resource’s homepage’.

If you have any queries, please first read the information published at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/e-res.shtml. If necessary you can then submit your query via the form linked from this page.”

Jan Cropper, Group Manager – IT Services

Scotland – a decade of devolution: BBC special report + Herdict

By Kieron L Jones, on 3 July 2009

decade of devolution This site was created by the BBC to provide coverage of the 10th anniversary of Scottish devolution. It includes timelines of key events, news stories and analysis of the history and political impact of the creation of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood House. The site also includes film clips of interviews with leading players.

herdictweb Herdict is a special project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. The title reflects the verdict of the herd on internet accessibility worldwide. The aim is to use citizen reports to track websites which are currently inaccessible in particular parts of the world. This enables researchers to consider levels of political censorship, including those arising during specific national crises. The site contains information on the aims of the project as well as free access to the latest tracking reports which give lists of inaccessible Internet sites by country.


By Kieron L Jones, on 2 July 2009

MONETOS MONETOS is a comprehensive international research portal which offers independent advice and information on the European social and finance sectors. The site is divided into 5 main sections: insurance, financing, investment, pensions and service (with useful guides on aspects of living, studying and working abroad).