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The Politics subject guide gives you access to useful library databases and trusted Web resources, relevant for researching many topics in politics & international relations.

Portals & Repositories

Google Dataset Search is an easy to use site that covers millions of datasets across the social sciences, including Economics. Note that it includes subscription datasets as well as free ones. Check the library website to see if we have access to subscription datasets (ask me if unsure).

Our World in Data is much more selective, but a useful site for some topics, notably because it includes essays which provide context and background information about data for various research areas.

Other portals that can be useful: lists nearly 600 open data portals around the world

Gesis Data Search cross-searches portals and repositories for social science data

Harvard Dataverse well-known repository of datasets

ICPSR leading US-based data repository

Many countries have a national data archive (such as UK Data Archive in the UK), and a list of some major ones is provided here


Note: General data sources only. See the geographical and topical listings for specific data resources

Country Risk Data. Future Forecasts

The Library has no access to comprehensive data on political risk, most of which is high cost subscription data. However, information can be garnered from the following sources:

1. Political Risk Services (PRS) & Business Monitor International (BMI)

Considered pre-eminent in the field. Political Risk Yearbook country reports are available on library database Business Source Ultimate from 2009- onwards. Logon to BSU, click on publications (menu bar at top) and type in "political risk" to get a list A/Z by country.

The Nexis database is another good source, containing monthly PRS Country Risk guides from 1989 to date featuring coverage of almost all countries. These can be found under the Market Insights tab on Nexis. Here you can also find the monthly BMI country risk reports (2007-) covering about 30 countries in detail.

2. World Economic Forum Global Risks report

Freely available over the Web 2006- onwards


Library database with PRS country reports (2015 onwards) and Dun & Bradstreet Country Riskline Reports (from 2012-)

4. Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)

Well-known organisation, recent editions of its annual CPI dataset include country risk scores from PRS (ICRG), Global Insight Country Risk Ratings, and PERC Asia Risk Guide.


Some forecast economic & financial data is available from the Eikon (Datastream) library database, also from the IMF's World Economic Outlook series.

For long term forecasting take a look at the International Futures website and datasets, which cover a range of social, political & economic areas.


Data Analysis

For some suggestions on help with data analysis, see the links on the Sociology Subject Guide