Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

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1975 - present
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (WPSA) provides abstracts and indexing of the international literature of political science and international relations, along with complementary fields, including international law and public administration/policy. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 750 core serials publications and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and working papers. The database originates from the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC-CLIO, 1984-2000. Since 2000, development of the serials list has focused on expanding international coverage. Approximately 2,500 serial titles are now being monitored for coverage; of these, around 60% are published outside the United States. As well as journals, WPSA also indexes books, book chapters, reviews of books and other media, and dissertations. Cited references have been included for many articles from the core journal literature added to the database since 2001. Records are indexed using a thesaurus of over 3,000 terms. Subject Coverage Major areas of coverage include: Comparative politics Developing nations Disarmament Economic policy Electoral systems Environmental policy Government/Political systems History and theory of political science International relations/trade Labor relations Military policy Methodology and research technology Political behavior Political economy Political psychology Politics and law Politics and communication Politics and religion Politics and society Public administration Security and defense Welfare systems