1 - What is Politics?
BBC news provides twenty four hour coverage of recent events around the world.
CNN also provides twenty four hour news coverage, but from an American rather than British standpoint.
Interesting news analysis and blogs for a liberal perspective on current affairs.
CIA World Factbook:
Up-to-date general information on countries around the world.
PSA Politics Portal
This portal contains over 12,000 links to political information sources on the internet.
This website provides official government web pages listed by country
This is a useful site of international organizations
Although this website does not always provide the most accurate information, it is sometimes a useful source for references or general background information.
BBC World Service World Lectures: challenging the global order
This site provides access to the full-text of a series of four lectures on globalization and international relations which were broadcast by the BBC World Service. They include: Dr Hanan Ashrawi on globalization and its impact on issues of power and sovereignty; Professor Ali Mazrui on western culture in an age of globalisation, Dr Sergei Karaganov on relations between Russia and the West and Kishore Mahbubani on relations between the western and non-western world. All lectures are available in audio or textual formats for downloading.
2 - Political Ideas and Ideologies
The Centre for Political Ideologies
Provides access to information about projects, conferences and other activities related to political ideology
‘Liberalism and Democracy: Can’t Have One Without the Other’
Interesting article on the relationship between liberalism and democracy.
A prominent Conservative blog
Library of Marxist documents which give a critical perspective on global issues.
An online research centre on the theory and history of anarchism.
3 - Politics and the State
Provides access to political writings of Noam Chomsky.
Publications by Joseph S. Nye.
‘The USA , World Hegemony, and Cold War II’
Paper on relations between the USA , Russia and China in the Post-Cold War period.
The centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy with the aim of understanding how today's world came into being.ay be changed
4 - Democracy and Legitimacy
Gives country ratings of democracy, civil liberties and the press
Democracy Coalition Project
Promotes open democratic societies around the world
5 - Regimes of the Modern World
Keele Guides to Internet Resources
Contains guides to government and politics in a wide range of countries around the world
Political Science Resources
Links to official government websites
Governments on the web
Contains useful data on governments from around the world
6 - Nations and Nationalism
Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy
Use this link to access an article on the nature and varieties of nationalism, as well as moral debates about it.
Scalibrini Centre for Migration Studies
The site gives access to research, specialized publications - including periodical, monographs and papers - conferences and other educational activities devoted to deepening understanding of migration in several aspects.
By Suite 101 – an introduction to the debate about whether multiculturalism is compatible with nationalism .
‘Western nationalism and Eastern Nationalism’
Article by Benedict Anderson on nationalism in Asia and Europe.
The Nationalism Project
Provides users with a clearinghouse of scholarly nationalism information including: leading definitions of nationalism, book reviews, web links, subject bibliographies, a bibliography of more than 2,000 journal articles.
Specialist forum on the history of cultural transfer and the interweaving of transnational relationships in Europe and the world
7 - Political Economy and Globalization
World Economic Forum
Independent international forum with news reports and articles on the debates surrounding global economics.
Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics
Independent, non-profit, non-partisan American research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy, especially in anticipating emerging issues and offering 'practical ideas, presented in user-friendly formats, to inform and shape public debate.' Many working papers, policy briefs, speeches, testimonies, and so forth are online.
Library of Economics and Liberty
A well respected research institute containing concise encyclopaedia and articles on a variety of economic ideas in practice – global and domestic.
A highly regarded public policy organisation providing research into public policy, with a focus on economic policy.
Finance and Development
The quarterly magazine of the IMF publishes articles on International Economics and Global development.
A step-by step guide through the most up-to-date statistics on the direction of global trade, published by the IMF.
8 - Politics, Society and Identity
World Social Forum - Charter of Principles
A network forum for NGOs and other civil society organisations formed to discuss issues facing the world today, which is critical of the dominance of neoliberalism in global politics.
'Global Civil Society: Changing the World?’
A paper by Jan Aart Scholte which examines the nature and significance of global civil society.
Articles written by Ulrich Beck on issues relating to global society
Institute for Public Policy Research
A progressive think tank which aims to promote a democratic world society through policy innovations.
The corporate website of Google, which covers their company philosophy, business overview and the technology they use.
NGO Branch of the UN Secretariat
Provides relevant advice and information concerning NGOs to representatives of the United Nations system, Member States and civil society.
‘NGOs and Social Movements: A North/South Divide?’
An article on global social movements.
Recent statistics on global consumption and inequalities.
9 - Political Culture and the Media
Details press freedom by country
Gives further information about the decline of social capital in the USA
UNESCO Information and Communication
Empowering people through the free flow of ideas and by access to information and knowledge
Links to various studies of European values.
10 - Representation, Elections and Voting
Constituency Level Election Dataset
Gives data on over 1000 elections in more than 60 countries
Comparative Study of Election Systems
An international, collaborative program of survey research among election study teams
Voter Turnout Statistics By Country
From the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
African Elections Database
11 - Parties and Party Systems
Parties and Elections in Europe
Information about European parties, leaders and elections
Leftist Parties of the World
12 - Groups, Interests and Movements
Social Capital Gateway
Links to sites that are devoted to social capital and interest group activity
European Social Survey
The European Social Survey (ESS) provides bi-annual charts, data and surveys related to Europe’s changing institutions and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations.
13 - Constitutions, Law and Judges
A list of constitutions and charters
Universal Declaration of Human Rights - The 1948 Declaration
Provides links to constitutional courts and equivalent bodies
14 - Political Executives and Leadership
Contains information about the history and functions of the American presidency
The Prince, by Niccoló Machiavelli
The complete work of this classic political text
15 - Assemblies
Centre for Legislative Studies, University of Hull
Includes research, publication and education about legislatures
Gives links to websites of national parliaments.
16 - Public Policy and the Bureaucracy
The Cato Institute
A public policy research institute with a neoliberal agenda.
The UK Civil Service
Gives information about the civil service in the UK.
17 - Multilevel Politics
Association of South East Asian nations (ASEAN)
Official website with information on history, institutions and structure as well as resources on policy initiatives and recent developments within the region
Information on the history and development of the African Union, as well as news on current activities, analysis of current affairs and policy initiatives.
Organisation of American States
Information on structure, member states and policy initiatives of OAS, as well as featured news analysis
This is the official website of the EU; use it to gain information on the history, policies, conventions, processes and institutions of the EU.
League of Arab States
Information on member states, the organisation and current activities
North American Free trade Association
Information on the agreement and the association.
Mercosur (South American Trade Bloc)
The official website for Mercosur is only in Spanish of Portugese
For information on the organisation and structure of the bloc, as well as information on members and populations, see
Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Information on member states, observer states and partners, as well as news on current activities and a chronicle of the main events for each year, and publications on issues facing members.
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Information on the community and its members as well as the organisation and structure of the secretariat.
The Nordic Council
Information on the Council, its member states and their current activities. There is also analysis of recent events relevant to the Council.
18 - Security: Domestic and International
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
This website provides access to the history and development of the alliance, member countries and in-depth analysis of current challenges and the direction of global security.
Just War Theory
Contains a wide range of materials related to the idea of a just war and related issues. Just War Theory is owned and maintained by Mark Rigstad, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Oakland University.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Use this website to gain information on weapons developments, arms transfers and production, military spending and arms control and disarmament. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute is funded conducts research on questions of conflict and cooperation in order to promote international peace and security.
Centre for Defence Information
Use this website to gain information on security issues such as nuclear weapons, space security, missile defence, small arms and military transformation. The CDI is an independent body that provides analysis on various aspects of US national security and defence policy.
International Crisis Group
An independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that works to prevent and resolve conflicts around the globe. Filled with links to reports on twenty-first-century military conflicts.
Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
The Institute conducts independent research on conventional and non-conventional security issues in the region and shares its findings with policy makers and the public. It provides a forum for discussion with the strategic community on strategic issues and strives to explore alternatives. Contains special reports, briefs, articles and working papers on a variety of issues to do with conflict in a globalized world.
International Relations and Security Network
Use this to access an extensive digital library with publications concerning a number of issues to do with war and peace, as well as useful links and other resources.
Peace Research Institute Oslo
An independent non-profit research institution whose overarching purpose is to conduct research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people.
The Clausewitz homepage
Dedicated to Prussian military thinker Carl von Clausewitz. This site has a wealth of information on most issues on war, peace and human security.
19 - World Order and Global Governance
For up-to-date information on current activities and reports on the global economy.
World Trade Organisation
Gives information on current activities as well as reports and analysis of international trade and property law.
International Monetary Fund
For information on current activities as well as detailed statistics and reports on country development and the global economy, as well as world news analysis.
Provides information on the latest currency news, historical data, currency conversion and exchange rates, using mid-market rates which are updated by the minute.
Bank for International Settlements
Website listing central banks from around the world.
Beyond the Washington Consensus
Paper by Jeremy Clift on the future of global economic governance.
The Post-Washington Consensus
An article by Francis Fukuyuma for Foreign Affairs, March/April 2011.
Bretton Woods Project
Critical analysis of the current activities of the World Bank and the IMF.
LSE Global governance
LSE Global Governance was founded by Lord Professor Meghnad Desai in 1992 as the Centre for the Study of Global Governance. This website provides access to extensive research resources and publications analysing the concept of global governance and issues within it.