Political Science and International Relations

For Starters | Sub-topics | Associations and Organizations

Political Science Article Databases

For Starters

  • C-SPAN Video Library
    Such an incredible resource. Video can be searched by topic, series, congressional committee, popular programs, etc. The Congress section includes data on congressional member days on the chamber floors.
  • Inter-Parlimentary Union
    With links to national parliaments or governing bodies, IPU's web site extends its mission to serve as a focal point for dialogue between world governing bodies.
  • Human Development Reports
    This database has been the first to put the humans in the center of country statistics through the introduction of the human development index (HDI). Later, it added the Gender-specific Development Index (GDI), the Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM), and the Human Poverty Index to the yearly Human Development Reports. These measures and the index values are controversial (as most of such indices, and especially, composite measures are). They represent good starting points to gauge human development, and gender inequities in countries around the world--except for the human poverty measures which put, for example Singapore and the Occupied Palestinian Territory almost cheek-to-cheek.
  • Follow the Money
    Monitors campaign contributions by individuals, businesses, special interest groups, and industry sectors for state elections held 1990 through present. Visitors may search the database for contributions by people or groups in one or more elections; view summary reports for selected states; or read analyses of specific elections and spending patterns by special interest groups.
  • The American President Project
    This website is a leading source of presidential documents on the internet. One of the site's great strengths is its ability to conduct searches across presidencies.

Sub-topics

US Government | Political Parties | Elections & Voting

  • US Government

  • Political Parties

    • Communist Party - USA
      Citing the failure of the capitalist party system, CP-USA Web site lists the tenets of their philosophy, state contacts, publications by the organization, as well as membership information.
    • Constitution Party
      Formerly the US Taxpayers' Party, it was founded on Labor Day Weekend in 1992. The Constitution Party's political philosophy stands "on the principles of government laid down by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution." A bit confusing at first, the Web site describes USTP's stance on various issues. An archive of speeches, articles and other documents is available.
    • Democratic National Committee
      Easy to navigate with links to issues, the party platform, state parties, leadership and more.
    • Green Party
      "The Green Party Platform seeks to identify the most crucial problems facing our country and offers ideas for responsible action to solve them." The Green Party supports peace, ecology, social justice and democracy.
    • Libertarian Party
      A quiz to determine if you are a closet Libertarian, upfront party philosophies and state information are a few of the items you see when first getting to this Web site.
    • Republican National Committee
      Besides the general GOP information readily available, some highlights are the online gift store and online activism section. Links to state GOP organizations are included.
    • Socialist Party
      Disgusted with the capitalist system, the Socialists have assembled an excellent Web site that delineates their positions, allows quick assess to state and local organizations and proudly displays their national newspaper, The Socialist.
  • Elections & Voting

    • ANES: American National Election Studies
      ANES is a survey conducted by leading scholars of political behavior of voters during each general election. This is the gold standard of political science surveys.
    • PollingReport.Com
      Students, faculty and researchers will find lots of polling data in the fields of political science, journalism, business and health or social sciences available at this site. PollingReport.com makes available for free the information published twice monthly in its print counterpart, Polling Report. This site is well organized and easy to use.
    • Project Vote Smart
      Tracking the voting records of over 13,000 public officers in federal, state and local governments, PVS's site is easy to search for fast and enlightening information.
    • Federal Election Commission
      Besides general information about every aspect of federal elections, there is also links to information on campaign finance rules.
    • Political TV Ad Archives
      The Political TV Ad Archive is a project of the Internet Archive. This site provides a searchable, viewable, and shareable online archive of 2016 political TV ads, married with trustworthy fact-checking and reporting. Political TV ad spending cost billions in the election, yet the same local stations that aired the ads provide very little solid reporting on politics. Even fewer corrected political misinformation. In partnership with trusted journalistic organizations, the Political TV Ad Archive provided a free service for journalists, civic organizations, academics and the general public to track these ads in context.
    • Statewide Ballot Measures Database
      This database includes all statewide ballot measures in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, starting over a century ago. New measures are added as they are certified and identified by the National Conference of State Legislatures staff. Results are updated soon after election night; each entry is then updated with “pass” or “fail." You can search legislation for each year from the late 1800s through 2017 by state, topic, keyword, year, status or primary sponsor.

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