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International political economy reference sources: an annotated bibliography

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Title:International political economy reference sources: an annotated bibliography
Author(s):Ted Schwitzner, (Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA), Chad M. Kahl, (Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA)
Citation:Ted Schwitzner, Chad M. Kahl, (2012) "International political economy reference sources: an annotated bibliography", Collection Building, Vol. 31 Iss: 2, pp.49 - 59
Keywords:Economics, International politics, Politics, Reference services, World economy
Article type:Literature review
DOI:10.1108/01604951211229845 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:Received 13 January 2012Accepted 18 January 2012The authors would like to acknowledge their ISU colleague, Jeff Barr, for his contributions on subscription resources; the Interlibrary Loan departments at ISU and California State University, Los Angeles; Robert Labaree for his generous access to the international documents collection at the University of Southern California's Von KleinSmid Center Library for International and Public Affairs; and Carissa Phillips, the Business & Finance Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Business and Economics Library, for her assistance on a source.

Purpose – International political economy is an emerging yet specialized field that combines political analysis with the study of markets, trade, and development. With the global economy having an interdependent effect on politics, environment, and society, and with several major economic events of the last 20 years, the authors perceived a need to provide a guide to the sources in this field. This paper seeks to address this issue.

Design/methodology/approach – The authors identified resources using WorldCat and standard reference sources, such as American Library Association's Guide to Reference Books; the annual American Libraries’ “Outstanding Reference Sources” articles; American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) volumes; Booklist's Editor's Choices articles; and Choice's “Outstanding Academic Titles”. Sources were selected from 2000 to the present, concomitant with development of the global economy in the twenty-first century.

Findings – This guide contains reference works and internet resources that include or provide access to primary source documentation and statistical studies and tables, as well as handbooks, guides, encyclopedias and dictionaries that place the field in context.

Research limitations/implications – Given the interdisciplinary nature of the field, focus was placed on sources that emphasize the core focus of international political economy. Related fields of study, including globalization, development, environmentalism and social movements, were largely excluded.

Originality/value – The authors found no other comprehensive bibliographies containing reference, primary and statistical sources that cover the field in its breadth during this time period.

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