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Social Science electronic resources: Politics

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Gateways and Portals | Bibliographic Databases | British Politics and Society
Election Data | Electronic Journals

Gateways and Portals

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Comparative Constitutions Project A collaborative project between UCL London, University of Texas and University of Chicago, to analyse and compare constitutional texts from around the world. You can download chronologies and other visualisations, link to the Constitute Project tool (which compares constitution texts on specific issues) or download the text of constitutions that are not restricted by copyright law.
This site is freely available on the internet.
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Epolitix A UK political news service supplied by Parliamentary Communications Ltd. It provides to recent news from the House of Commons and House of Lords, including a section on Bills in progress. Also offers access to the full text of the weekly House Magazine which provides details of current Parliamentary activity and political commentary. Through its Forum it also gives access to companies', charities and voluntary sector organisations' government/public affairs microsites. Each microsite contains policy statements, manifestos, contact details and links.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Moving Ideas

Moving Ideas is a network of over 250 US nonprofit organizations at the forefront of progressive policy and advocacy work and links nonprofits with the public as a resource for education and direct action.  Through syndicating content from nonprofit groups and aggregating the latest news, policy reports, action alerts, and even jobs and events by searchable categories, Moving Ideas enables civic-minded people to help make the world better, and nonprofits connect with those people more efficiently.  Through continually updated content on throughout the site, original, in-depth issue backgrounds, and newsletters which include action alerts from our nonprofit members, Moving Ideas, provides the largest online network of individuals and nonprofit groups making a difference.
This site is freely available on the Internet.

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Richard Kimberís Political Science Resources Attempts to provide links to the most significant political science websites, focusing on the UK and the US, and especially election data.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Bibliographic Databases

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International Political Science Abstracts Provides abstracts of political science articles published in scholarly journals and yearbooks worldwide from 1989.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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British Politics and Society

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British Politics & Society Digitised primary source material related to political and social history of 19thc Britain. This is one collection within the Gale Cengage platform Nineteenth Century Collections Online, which contains British Library content.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
The British Union of Fascists: newspapers and secret files Part of British Online Archives: Publications from the BUF, newspaper reports, and declassified Home Office and Security Service files on Sir Oswald Mosley and other members of the BUF. The collection mainly documents the imprisonment of Mosley, and government investigations into leading British fascists during the Second World War.
Remote access is available for registered Reader Pass holders.
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Election Data

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British Party Election Manifestos from 1945 Full text.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Elections by Country (Wikipedia) Database of current election results worldwide organised by country. Also provides links to websites of Parliaments and political parties.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Lijphart Elections Archive The Lijphart Elections Archive is a collection of district level election results for approximately 350 national legislative elections in 26 countries with data from 1945 up to the 1990s.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Elections Centre (Plymouth University) Offers basic data on British local election results.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Electronic Journals

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Asia Intelligence Economic and political news and analysis about Asia.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Cairn Collection Collection of high quality, full text peer reviewed academic journals from France and Belgium. The collection includes journals in the fields of history, literature and linguistics, psychology, sociology, political science, education, law and economics. Text and search interface in French.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Persee: le portail de revues scientifiques en sciences humaines et sociales

Persee is a portal to entire back runs of French language social and human sciences journals. It was launched in 2004 by the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research. Subject areas covered include Anthropology, law, politics; history, sociology and geography. It includes the full text of the Revue française de science politique from 1951 to 5 years behind the current date. Free access is guaranteed to back issues only. Most titles operate on a rolling wall basis with new articles being added annually but always remaining 3-5 years behind the current date. All articles are in French only.
This site is freely available on the Internet.

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Statewatch Statewatch encourages the publication of investigative journalism and critical research in Europe in the fields of the state, justice and home affairs, civil liberties, accountability and openness. It publishes reports and links to current news and documentation from and about the European Union. The website has a news archive and a database of more than 25,000 items.
This website has a mix of free content and material restricted to subscribers to the Statewatch Bulletin.
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