Prof. Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid) has made two new datasets publicly available: HIEL – Historical Index of Economic Liberty HIHD – Historical Index of Human Development Both databases can be freely downloaded, together with discussion papers that outline the main concepts and how the indices were constructed. A detailed list […]
UCL have launched a free online course in the anthropology of social media. It will start on the 29 February and is open to anyone with an “interest in social media and people.” Found out more here.
Globalsocialtheory.org is a new, collaborative resource on social theory from a global perspective. It provides free-to-read entries on key concepts and thinkers such as transnationalism, diaspora and Franz Fanon. Edited by Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Sociology at Warwick, it is
International Foundation for Electoral systems has launched a new version of its website with its latest annual report which covers its work in promoting free elections worldwide. Other great features of the site include a searchable database of election observation reports, surveys, ballot papers and documents from around the world.
The new website is currently under development. It aggregates data from social media – Facebook, Twitter etc. to track public opinion from the Arab world. For more information see http://tech.state.gov/group/r-shief
Survey of LGBT Americans- attitudes experiences and values Latest data from Pew research. Findings include more acceptance, however at the same time discrimination continues. This week the US government housing agency HUD released its first survey on housing discrimination against same-sex couples in metropolitan rental markets via advertisements on the Internet. Also useful on this, […]
http://www.bachesd.banque-france.fr/?lang=en Bank of Company Accounts Harmonised (BACH) and European Sectoral references Database hosted by Banque de France. The BACH project was launched in 1985 by the General Directorate for General Economic and Financial Affairs (DGEcFin) of the European Commission. The BACH database contains information on the financial statements of different sized companies in nine countries […]
Keynote annual lecture series sponsored by the BBC. This year the economic historian Professor Niall Ferguson presented the 2012 BBC Reith Lectures, entitled The Rule of Law and Its Enemies. 4 programmes covered aspects including the Arab spring. Podcasts can be downloaded from the website. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/reith The main web site also has transcripts. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jmxsk There […]
http://www.ilo.org/dyn/normlex/ NORMEX information System on International Labour Standards. Includes conventions, protocols and recommendations relating to international labour law. Get text ratifications by country. The site also offers links to NATLEX national labour legislation for hundreds of nations worldwide. http://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex_browse.home
Pew Forum on Religion and Public life now has a site with news and comment on the role of religion in the 2012 presidential election: http://projects.pewforum.org/rp2012/ Who’s donating to super PACs? Part of the Money and Politics data center from California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting: http://californiawatch.org/data/see-whos-donating-super-pacs