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Exam Papers

Exam Papers: AI 2301 Political Philosophy 2 (January 2007)

Exam Papers: AI 2306 The United Nations in World Politics (January 2007)

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Internet Resources: Main Headings

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1) Political Philosophy

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Internet Classics Archive
Extensive collection of full text works by Greek, Roman, Chinese and Persian writers including Plato, Aristotle, Thucydides.

Electronic Texts of 17th and 18th Century Philosophers
Includes works by Machiavelli, Hobbes, Wollstonecraft, Locke, Rousseau

Marxists Internet Archive
Extensive library of works by Marx and Engels, plus a number of other Marxist writers.

Ethics Updates
Contains many resources of use to both students and teachers including on-line texts and sample questions.

Brown Electronic Article Review Service
Provides electronic reviews of recently published articles in ethics and political philosophy.

Political Philosophy Internet Resources

American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy

American Political Science Association


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2) British Politics

Main site for information provided by the British Government. The 'Guide to government' may be of use.

The United Kingdom Parliament
Includes sections on understanding parliament, bills before parliament, and access to Hansard full text accounts of debates in the Houses of Commons and Lords.

Conservative Party
Provides information on policies, campaigns, groups and representatives.

Labour Party
Provides information on policies, campaigns, groups and representatives.

Liberal Democrats
Includes news, policies, conference information, biographies and email lists.

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3) US Politics

White House
Access to news releases and speeches, information on forthcoming events, and details of presidential offices and appointments.

Information on current legislation, senators, and committees. Includes a useful reference section covering the operation of the Senate.

House of Represenatatives
Full details on the current activities of the House.

The Supreme Court
Official page of the United States Supreme Court, featuring court's opinions and orders, calendar and schedules, rules, news releases and general information.

The Democratic Party
Webpage of the Democratic National Committee. Includes the party platform, and press releases.

The Republican Party
Official website of the Republican Party National Party. Includes advice on organising a GOP house party.

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4) Social Movements

Amnesty International
A worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.

Information and resources on Greenpeace world wide.

Hunt Saboteurs Association
' The only organisation that works directly in the field to protect wildlife from the huntsmen'

Make Poverty History
Collection of organisations and individuals campaigning for an end to global poverty.

Our World is Not For Sale
A loose grouping of organizations, activists and social movements worldwide fighting against the current model of corporate globalization embodied in global trading systems.

Self Employed Womens Association
A trade union registered in 1972. It is an organisation of poor, self-employed women workers.

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5) International Politics

Key website for the European Union. Provides links to documents, policies, news and background information.

United Nations
Homepage of the United Nations, with latest news, organisation structure, and lots of background information and history.

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6) Newspapers

Financial Times

The Guardian

The Independent

The New York Times

The Times

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7) Online databases

EBSCO Academic Search Complete
This provides access to full text journal articles.

Provides access to full text newspaper articles. It is international in scope.



Web of Knowledge
Provides facility to search an extensive range of Social Science journals.

Zetoc: Electronic Table of Contents from the British Library
Provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year.

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8) Catalogues of other institutions

COPAC: University Research Library Catalogue
Provides access to the merged online catalogues of 24 major university research libraries in the UK and Ireland plus the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Wales.

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9) Subject Gateways

BUBL Political Science
Provides access to some reliable Web Sites in the field of Politics.

Political Resources on the Net
Provides a comprehensive collection of links.

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10) Academic Sites

Department of Government, University of Essex
Includes link to the British Election Study.

Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Includes useful page of web links.

Department of International Politics, London School of Economics
Includes a page of links to sites of related interest.

Department of Government, University of Strathclyde
Includes an extensive page of web links to politics websites.

Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Southampton
Excellent page of useful links.

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Printed Resources

Abstracts & Indexes


  • Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics (320.03/CON)
  • Dictionary of political biography (909.820922/OXF)
  • Dictionary of modern political ideologies
  • Dictionary of modern politics (320.03/ROB)
  • Routledge dictionary of Twentieth century political thinkers


  • Encyclopedia Britannica (032/NEW)
  • The Blackwell Encyclopedia of political science (320.03/BLA)
  • The Blackwell Encyclopedia of political thought (320.03/BLA)

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Contact Subject Specialist

The Subject Specialist for Politics is Robin Stinson. For further information, please contact Robin Stinson by mail or call on 020 8223 7445.

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