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Political Science Websites

Background Notes -- U.S. Department of State
These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus.

Eldis (development research)
An ever-growing collection of editorially selected and abstracted full-text, online documents selected by our editors from more than 7,500 different publishers. All documents are available free of charge.

Center for Strategic & International Studies
Provides strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

CIA World Factbook
Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

Country Studies -- Library of Congress
Presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

International Monetary Fund Data & Statistics
Publishes a range of time series data on IMF lending, exchange rates and other economic and financial indicators. Manuals, guides, and other material on statistical practices at the IMF, in member countries, and of the statistical community at large are also available.

Political Science Resources on the Web
Iowa State University's megasite of selected political links.

Policy Central (National Journal Group's Policy Central)
A collection of resources on U.S. politics and policy, including the National Journal, The Hotline, CongressDaily, Technology Daily, Poll Track, Ad spotlight, and The Almanac of American Politics. Also provides Congressional markup reports and update repoorts on key legislation.

The White House
WhiteHouse.gov is the official web site for the White House and President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.

World Bank Data and Statistics
A vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.



AMERICAN POLITICS
Department of Homeland Security
Offers information regarding America's  plan to protect the country against further terrorists attacks.

Images of American Political History
Collected and developed by a college instructor of the College of New Jersey.  Most images are public domain. Images in the collection span American history from the early colonial era to the present. Topics include elections and leaders; struggles for toleration, equality and rights; wars and conflicts; and politically important places and buildings. Images include photographs, drawings, paintings, and maps. The collection can be browsed chronologically or through one of several topical indexes.


CAMPAIGN FINANCE
Federal Elections Commission
Official site for campaign finance.

Opensecrets.org
Tracks congressional campaign finance contributions by  individuals, organizations, and corporations.  The section 'members of Congress'  compares campaign monies by size and geographical source.


CARTOONS & SATIRE
Presidential Elections From 1860-1884
Political cartoons taken from Harper's Weekly publication.


DEPARTMENTS (ACADEMIC)
Departments of Political Science and Public Affairs
Arranged by state with links to college Polital Science Departments.


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Foreign and International Politics
Menu listing by Academic Info.


POLITICAL PARTIES
Democratic National Committee
The official DNC web page.

Republican National Committee
The official GOP page.


STATE POLITICS
State and Local Government on the Net
Provides convenient one-stop access to the websites of thousands of state agencies and city and county governments.


TEACHING RESOURCES
Teaching Politics
Describes the different areas of study in political science, along with the courses and techniques of analysis.


TEXT
Inaugural Addresses
Includes all first term inaugural addresses plus any subsequent addresses.

State of the Union Addresses
The American Presidency Project.

U.S. Party Platforms Since 1840
Developed by a professor of Political Science at NorthWestern University.


VOTING & ELECTIONS
American National Election Studies (ANES)
Data on voting, public opinion, and political participation.

Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
This page provides information on all past presidential elections.

Center for Voting and Democracy
Non-profit organization with an objective of promoting fair voting practice and increase understanding through research, analysis, and education.

Gallup Organization

Government Redistricting Web Sites
Purdue University page with links to each state's redistricting information

Learn About Elections & Voting
Comprehensive site that includes sections on election process, campaign finances, presidential candidates, historical presidential elections, public opinion polls, news sources, lobby groups, and policy issues.

Vote Smart
Non-profit, unbiased group that gathers information for the U.S. voters on all national and state political candidates.  Includes bio profiles,  contact information, special interest group connections, and voting records.  Can search by zip-code for those candidates in your city or state.  Tracks bills of current interest and offers voter registration and election information for every state.