Reference titles can help you understand concepts and terminology, provide foundational information on many research topics, and supply useful source citations, as well as statistical, historical, or biographical information.
Encyclopedia of Human RightsThis 5-volume encyclopedia offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history. Focusing primarily on developments since 1945, it covers key figures, events, and movements.
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Publication Date: 2009 (3rd ed.)
Encyclopedia of International Relations and Global PoliticsThe encyclopedia covers all aspects of global international relations and the contemporary discipline, including the major subject divisions of international relations: diplomacy, military affairs, international political economy, and theory.
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Publication Date: 2007
Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic ConflictsThis reference source covers the major ethnic conflicts that have shaped the modern world. Since World War II, significant conflicts have most often taken the form of acts of violence between ethnic or national communities inside individual states. This work uses case studies to explore some four dozen of those conflicts sand geographically encompasses nearly every continent, from African Americans in the United States and Muslims in France, to separatist movements of groups like the Chechens in Russia and Bosnians in Yugoslavia. The set is organized alphabetically by country and region. Appendices of relevant, primary source materials are also included.
Twentieth-Century War and ConflictDrawn from the 5-volume Encyclopedia of War, this one-volume reference provides essential information on the conflicts and concepts that shaped global warfare in the twentieth-century.
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Publication Date: 2015
Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International AgreementsEntries explain essential concepts and philosophies, describe peace-keeping activities, and provide full coverage of every international treaty since the founding of the League of Nations, with generous quotations or full text for all key treaties, conventions, pacts, protocols, and declarations.
Encyclopedia of Political TheoryThis source can provide a quick overview of a particular theory or theorist with just the basics: the who, what, where, how, and why providing the roots of contemporary political theory including all the key theories and the theorists behind them, presenting them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Also provided: concise, to-the-point definitions of key concepts, ideas, schools, and figures. Coverage includes: -Ancient Theory -Medieval Theory -Early Modern Theory -Enlightenment -Modern Theory -Constitutionalism -Liberalism -Critical Theory -Continental Theory -Empirical Theory -Comparative Political Thought.
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Publication Date: 2010
A Glossary of Political TheoryThis book covers alphabetically both the major concepts in political theory and the key writers in the field. The premise underlying the book is that politics cannot be studied without theory, in which case the more concrete and relevant the theory, the better. The definitions in this glossary relate political ideas to political realities (i.e. everyday controversies) in an attempt to make them as lively, stimulating and accessible as possible. Terms are selected based upon the concepts most regularly used in teaching.
Political Theory: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary and Classic TermsSuccinct explanation of basic concepts (liberty, justice, nature, and law) from the founding philosophers of the Western tradition, which remain central to our conception of ourselves, our place in the world, and our relationships with others-that is, our politics. The major political concepts, themes, issues, movements, groups, and schools that have developed over time and shaped our modern world appear here, along with biographical entries and articles on the principal works of political theorists from Plato to John Rawls and entries on familiar quotations and political catchphrases. Includes a table of seminal thinkers and major political leaders whose thought transcended their historical moment.
The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political ThoughtThe encyclopedia, covering from the birth of Islam to today, provides context needed for understanding contemporary politics in the Islamic world and focuses on the origins and evolution of Islamic political ideas and related subjects, including central terms, concepts, personalities, movements, places, and schools of thought across Islamic history.
World Encyclopedia of Political Systems and PartiesThis resource provides comprehensive coverage on the governments and political parties of the world's nations. Each country is described in terms of its system and organization of government, as well as the processes through which political parties or interests bring their influence to bear on government. Coverage includes: system of government; power and responsibilities of various government branches; the electoral system; the party system (origins, organizations, campaigning); major political parties (history, organizations, policy, membership, financing, leadership, prospects); minor political parties; other political forces; and national prospects.
Encyclopedia of Political CommunicationPolitical communication began with the earliest studies of democratic discourse by Aristotle and Plato, but modern political communication relies on an interdisciplinary base which draws on concepts from communication, political science, journalism, sociology, psychology, history, rhetoric, and others. This resource considers political communication from this broad interdisciplinary perspective, encompassing the many different roles that communication plays in political processes in the United States and around the world.
Accessible via Gale Virtual Reference Library. Each volume contains a decade, with sections on "Government and Politics" and "Law and Justice." Click table of contents and select a volume (decade).
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Dictionary of American Government and PoliticsA to Z dictionary of US government and politics, including key terms used in discussion of the political system, major figures, events, ideas, movements and Supreme Court cases relevant to a study of the American political system.
Safire's Political DictionaryThis is a guide to the political language being used and abused in America. Safire's definitions--discursive, historically aware, and often anecdotal--bring a savvy perspective to our colorful political lingo. Indeed, a Safire definition often reads like a mini-essay in political history, and readers will come away not only with a fuller understanding of particular words but also a richer knowledge of how politics works, and fails to work, in America. Many entries explain the origin of each term, how and by whom and for what purposes it has been used or twisted, as well as its perceived and real significance.
The Almanac of American Politics 2020 by Columbia Books Inc (Editor)The 2020 Almanac of American Politics remains the gold standard of accessible political information, relied on by everyone involved, invested or interested in politics in America. Highly regarded for its in-depth analysis and comprehensive profiles of every congressional district, state, governor and member of Congress, The Almanac is the tool you need to better understand the context of the people and perspectives shaping the issues that matter to you. The Almanac of American Politics is the must have resource for understanding the American political landscape. The 2020 edition includes: -In-depth profiles of every governor, Senator, and House member. -As in previous editions, the 2020 Almanac includes profiles of every member of Congress and every governor; in-depth and completely up-to-date narrative profiles of all 50 states and 435 House districts -- covering everything from economics to history to, of course, politics. -Profiles of Donald Trump and Mike Pence by Michael Barone. -Political overview by Charlie Cook -Essential reference and contact information. -A refreshed and updated layout -Vital Statistics on Congress data tables provided by The Brookings Institute -Updated demographic information for every state and district, including information from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, with new categories of economic, occupational, social and geographic data. -Census data featuring: Updated veteran status data- New healthcare data including the rate of insured vs. uninsured in each congressional district New public assistance data - Analysis of the 2018 elections for Senate, House and governor races, and how those results shape the public policy debates in Congress and the nation. - A breakdown of the votes cast for President in 2016 for all states and districts, including primaries. - Campaign finance data for all Senators and House members--plus their challengers--in the most recent election, including all-new listings of the "outside money" spent in those contests. - Analysis of voter turnout in each state and congressional district for the 2016 presidential elections. - More than 60 state and congressional district maps, the key votes cast by members of the House and Senate, interest group ratings, and more. - "Almanac Vote Ratings" on congressional members - Vital Statistics on Congress data tables provided by The Brookings Institute - All new: Lists of Statewide Elected Officials - All new: Updated voter registration data
Guide to CongressTthis comprehensive, 2-volume reference offers a complete institutional history of Congress along with updated insight and analysis on the 2008 and 2010 shifts in power of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Includes a selected bibliography and key reference materials: a list of all members of congress who have served since 1789; congressional election results; floor leaders and committee chairs; dates for sessions of congress; women, black, Asian, and Hispanic members; and many more.
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Publication Date: 2012 (7th ed.)
Guide to the Presidency and the Executive BranchThis source explains every aspect of the institution of the U.S. presidency, including the structure, powers, and operations of the office and the president’s relationship with Congress and the Supreme Court.
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Publication Date: 2012 (5th ed.)
Guide to the U. S. Supreme CourtGuide to the U.S. Supreme Court covers the Court’s entire history; its operations; its power in relation to other branches of government; major decisions affecting the other branches, the states, individual rights and liberties; and biographies of the justices
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Publication Date: 2010 (5th ed.)
An Encyclopedia of Human Rights in the United StatesThis set offers explanations of the basic concepts and laws in the field, with emphasis on human rights in the historical, political, and legal experience of the United States. It surveys the legal protection of human dignity in the United States, examines the sources of human rights norms, cites key legal cases, explains the role of international governmental and non-governmental organizations, and charts global, regional, and UN human rights measures.
American ConservatismA comprehensive reference volume covering the movement of the past half century, with substantive entries on persons, events, organizations, and concepts of major importance to postwar American conservatism.
From Suffrage to the SenateFrom Suffrage to the Senate is a comprehensive and valuable compendium of biographies of leading women in U.S. politics, past and present, and an examination of the wide range of women's movements.