Political Science is the study of politics and power from domestic, international, and comparative perspectives. It entails understanding political ideas, ideologies, institutions, policies, processes, and behavior, as well as groups, classes, government, diplomacy, law, strategy, and war.
[Definition from Northwestern University]
The library provides access to books, scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers. Here are few books to get you started in Political Science.
The Oxford Handbook of Political Science (print Stacks JA 66 .097 2009)
Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science: A User’s Guide to Its Terms (EBSCO eBook)
Encyclopedia of Political Science (print Reference JA 61 .E513 2011)
Safire’s Political Dictionary (print Reference JK 9 .S2 2008)
Use these Research Databases to find scholarly journals, magazines, government reports & more.
C-Span Video Library
Most comprehensive video archives of governmental and political content.
Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics
A popular ongoing YouTube series of short videos that makes American government and politics accessible to everyone.
Political TV Ad Archive
Collects political TV ads in key early 2016 primary election states, unlocking the metadata underneath and highlighting quality journalism to provide reliable information on who is trying to influence them and how.
A “nonpartisan, nonprofit ‘consumer advocate’ for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.” A “project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.”
This site provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government and allows you to: Search, Browse alphabetically, by category, by Congressional committee, and by date.
Every Congressional Research Service Report
A legislative branch agency, housed inside the Library of Congress, charged with providing the United States Congress non-partisan advice on issues that may come before Congress.
BBC News Country Profiles
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.
CIA World Factbook
Produced for US policymakers and coordinated throughout the US Intelligence Community, marshals facts on every country, dependency, and geographic entity in the world.
Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.
International Statistical Agencies
The U.S. Census Bureau provides both short- and long-term technical assistance on a wide variety of topics related to censuses, surveys, and information systems. Over the past six decades, the U.S. Census Bureau has worked in over 100 countries, and as such is uniquely endowed with experience in every major region of the world.
Resources to help you advance your studies of major foreign powers.
Constitute: “The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search & Compare”. A resource for learning about and comparing the constitutions of most countries of the world.
Armed Conflict Database
The Armed Conflict Database (ACD) monitors armed conflicts worldwide, focusing on political, military and humanitarian trends in current conflicts, whether they are local rebellions, long-term insurgencies, civil wars or inter-state conflicts.
Statesman’s Yearbook: Information on every country in the world, covering key historical events, population, economics, trade and infrastructure.
Nations in Transit: A comparative, multidimensional study focusing on the 27 former Communist states.
Browse @ Library StacksJ This section of the Stacks is where are the books relating to Political Science can be browsed.
News & Current Affairs
From the Monkey Cage Blog (“Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.” — H.L. Mencken)
- Young Fresh Fellows, ‘Failure’: The Week In One Song
- Poland appears to be dismantling its own hard-won democracy
- Women create fewer online petitions than men — but they’re more successful
- This is what we can learn from Joseph Kony’s bodyguard
- No, al-Shabab is not deadlier than Boko Haram. Here are better numbers.
The Axe Files with David Axelrod
Current director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics David Axelrod interviews key political figures in a series of low-key, thoughtful discussions, ranging from Jon Stewart to Eliot Spitzer and Lindsey Graham to Bernie Sanders.
Produced by the Scripps News Washington Bureau—aims to demystify politics by illuminating and explaining politics and political culture. Episodes that run less than half an hour, gain insight into the machinery that makes American politics run.
“Office Hours” from the University of Kentucky Political Science Department
Organizations & Think Tanks
Think tanks can be defined as institutions affiliated with universities, governments, advocacy groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity. Here are some focused on political science research:
- Open Secrets from the Center for Responsive Politics Provides charts and reports on top donors, profiles of every House and Senate race for the most recent election cycle, and PAC donations by industry and firm.
- The First Amendment Center Offers comprehensive research coverage of key First Amendment issues and topics.
- Pew Research Center for the People and the Press Provides articles, statistics, and research on the topic of Media and politics
- Follow the Money Revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states.
- Global Integrity “Independent, non-profit organization tracking governance and corruption trends around the world”. Features a Global Integrity Index for each country.
The Policy Studies Organization: PSO, publishes academic journals and books on politics and public policy. Students can access recent articles from publications like the Policy Studies Journal; Politics and Policy; Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy; and World Medical and Health Policy.
TTCSP Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports – Learn more about Think Tanks
The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. They produce an annual index