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Internet resources

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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British politics

Direct.Gov 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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US politics

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

Amnesty International A worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognised human rights.
Greenpeace Information and resources on Greenpeace world wide.
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 organisations, 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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International politics

Europa 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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Online databases

DatabaseWhat's covered
EBSCO Academic Search Complete Provides access to full text journal articles from a wide range of subject areas.
Nexis UK Provides access to full text newspaper articles. It is international in scope.
Science Direct A useful, multidisciplinary database
Scopus Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research, covering over 20,000 journals from more than 5,000 publishers.
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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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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Subject gateways

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


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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


Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics 320.03 CON
Dictionary of political biography 909.820922 OXF
Dictionary of modern political ideologies  320.503 DIC
Dictionary of modern politics  320.03 ROB
Routledge dictionary of Twentieth century political thinkers 320.0922 ROU



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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The Subject Specialist for Politics is Robin Stinson. For further information, you can contact Robin by emailing or by calling 020 8223 7445.

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