This list is organized in the following categories:
The Most Essential
U. S. Government and Politics
International Relations/Comparative Government
A Sampling of Issues-oriented Sites
Other Sites Mentioned in the Text
The Most Essential
- The American Political Science Association
You will find links to academic institutions, publications, and organizations here at the home of professional political scientists.
- The CIA World Fact Book
Information about the geography, demographics, economics, politics and military power of every country around the globe.
- Essence of India
A huge collection of links to things Indian, political and non-political
- Europa, The official site of the European Union
Press releases and information about the institutions and policies of the European Union.
- FedWorld Guide to Federal Web Pages
A federal government guide to the federal government web sites. There's a search engine here as well specializing in the nation's official web world.
- Federal Government Web Page Catalog
This is a seemingly exhaustive list of federal government Web sites compiled by the librarians at Louisiana State University. The list is organized like the government, by branches, departments, and agencies. Fortunately there is a key word search feature and an always-visible set of links to the list's main topic areas.
- A Guide for Contacting Congress
A comprehensive list of the members of the House and Senate and how to get in touch with them electronically, telephonically, and postally.
- Internet Wiretap
A collection of government documents from all over the world including constitutions, the NAFTA treaty, and the Maastrict treaty
- International and Area Studies
Links to a broad range of political, diplomatic, and economic sites from all over the world.
- The Jefferson Project
A comprehensive guide to on-line politics. There are links here to political, governmental, state and federal resources.
- The New York Times Political Points
An exhaustive and wonderfully useful collection of links that is updated regularly by Rick Meislin. You must register to use the site, but it was free at publication time.
- The Outline of American Government
An outline textbook published by the U.S. Information Agency. It begins with the Constitution and the Federalist papers and continues to describe the structure of government today.
- The Political Science List of Lists
This is the site to use in order to find specialized electronic mailing lists.
- Political Science and Sociology Online Publications
Take care, this URL is case sensitive. This service of the University of Colorado, with links to academic publications will save a great deal of time and effort as you do research.
- The Political Science Virtual Library
The University of Connecticut library provides a site at which to begin your research project.
- Politics on the Web from Project Vote Smart
The emphasis at this site is on politics, not political science. But if your political science project is about politics, there are few better places to begin.
- Think: Opinions, Ideas and Commentary
This web site offers links to Op/Ed pages from English language newspapers and magazines from around the world.
- THOMAS: The Library of Congress' Record of Congress
Trumpeted by Speaker Gingrich, this has become the authoritative site on Congress. It lacks committee votes and bill mark-ups, but it's impressively open.
- United Nations
In English, French or Spanish, there is information here about the institution and its activities.
United States Congress
- House of Representatives:
Both houses of Congress have sites devoted to their members and activities
- U. S. Courts: The Federal Judiciary Home Page
The links here go to the district courts, their calendars, and decisions.
- United States Supreme Court Decisions
There are links here to decisions since 1990 and over 300 historic decisions before 1990.
- United States White House
There are politics, tourism and substantive information about big issues (see the virtual briefing rooms) at the official White House web site.
- The University of Natal's list of political links
The site at Pietermaritzburg and the Zambian National WWW Server (to which there is a link) are the two best bets for information about southern Africa. In addition the University of Natal's site offers a great many links for general scholarship and related to the former British Empire.
U. S. Government and Politics
International Relations/Comparative Government
A fairly comprehensive source of links to politics, news and economics about France. Much of the information is in French, but there is significant content in English..
- Africa HotList
The Franklin Institute's list of links to things African. It includes everything from ancient Egypt to virtual tourism, but political links are easily identifiable.
- African National Congress
The revolutionary party now governing South Africa presents itself on the web. There are many links here to governmental and political information.
- Arab World Online
While the quality and extent of information varies from nation to nation, there are links here to countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
There are links here to individual nations as well as economic and cultural information.
- British Government Central Office of Information
The COI is the official voice of the British government. At this site you will find official press releases and information about government departments.
- British Politics Page
A large list of links to sites about British politics sponsored by a London bookstore. It includes e-mail links to British politicians.
- Caribbean Home Page
Want to know about individual nations, media, politics, sports, or academics in the Caribbean? This MIT site will connect you.
- The Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research
A European think tank, founded in 1986, that is an independent academic institution researching and teaching in the fields of security policy and conflict analysis.
- Centre for Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations
"CEIFO [the Swedish acronym], is an inter-disciplinary research unit established 1983 at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm University. Its research programme covers international migration, ethnicity, nationalism, xenophobia and racism, ethnic relations, immigration policies."
- Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members
From the CIA, here's the list of state and government leaders from every country in world.
- China News Digest
Begun in 1988, by Chinese expatriates, CND is a central point for news, politics, and recent history.
- The Republic of China
Official government information about government, leaders, and politics in the Republic of China.
- Constitutions of the World
It is an "antique" gopher server (i.e. text only). But, do you really want animated graphics on your screen while you try to download the constitution of Macedonia?
- East European News
Radio Free Europe has been transformed into the Open Market Research Institute and continues to report and analyze the news about East Europe and the former Soviet Union.
- Electoral Web Sites
There are links at this site to elections, parties, parliaments, and a political database for the globe.
- Electronic Embassy
There are links here to embassies in the U.S. The quality varies with the priorities of the countries represented.
Facsimiles and translations of documents from Western European nations collected and displayed by the library at Bringham Young University.
Search engines for sixteen nations in English or French.
- Foreign Affairs Magazine
One of the U. S. A.'s most respected journals about foreign policy is now on-line and maintains a large file of links to sites related to international relations.
- Fourth World Documentation Project
"Our goal is to present the online community with the greatest possible access to documents and resources about the poorest and least industrialized people and nations." You will find here an on-line library of texts which record and preserve peoples' struggles to regain their rightful place in the international community.
A German government-operated site aimed at a U. S. audience. Includes links to information and news about Germany.
- GODORT International Documents Task Force
Northwestern University's library has a well-organized collection of links to a huge list of international organizations.
- Heads of Governments
"This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders who don't occupy either of those formal positions) of all currently existing countries and territories."
- INCORE, The Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity
This is a joint venture of the University of Ulster and the United Nations University to act as a central resource on the internet for those in the area of conflict resolution and ethnic conflict.
- Indonesian Government Links
Connections to web and gopher sites.
- Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation
Research and reports on economics, defense, and the environment from a multi-campus research unit in the University of California system.
- The International Institute for Strategic Studies
This Swiss think tank was founded in 1958, is an independent center for research, information and debate on the problems of conflict-primarily military conflict.
- International Institute for Sustainable Development
A government-funded organization with a mission to promote sustainable development in decision making internationally and within Canada.
- Japan - Prime Minister
Available in Japanese or English, this server is in the Prime Minister's official residence.
- Latin World
English and Spanish links to news and specific countries in Latin America.
- Malaysia Home Page
A public service site maintained by a web service provider in Malaysia that contains links to economic, governmental, and legal information.
- Maximov On-line
News from Russia and the CIS from the Interfax News Agency, directories of Russian leaders and links to recent election results in Russia.
The official page from an organization that is growing and redefining itself.
- Pacific Islands Internet Resources
There are links here to individual nations' sites and sites about issues related to Pacific nations.
- Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Around the World
This site provides a valuable service by reporting on election results-even obscure ones.
Links here will connect you to sites of national parliaments and multinational legislatures like the European Parliament.
- Russia On-Line
Links to sources in English and Russian for official information and news about Russian government and politics.
As the URL suggests, there are links here to the states of the former Soviet Union. Accessible information includes political information, statistical data, and reference sites.
- Sinn Fein
The Irish Republican Army's political wing makes its case on the World Wide Web.
- The Tocqueville Connection
News and analysis with a French perspective; especially concerned with Franco-American relations
- United States Information Agency Daily Washington File
News deemed important by the USIA and distributed to thw world. Informatation is available in several languages and the archive goes back to 1992.
- USAfrica Project
From the publisher of USAfrica comes this site touting itself as "The authoritative link for the U. S. and Africa."
- World Association of Major Metropolises
Multi-lingual links to cities and issues about urban political issues.
- The World Bank
A truly trans-national organization active in trade, finance and development, especially in developing countries.
- World Population
An estimate of the world population that is updated regularly.
A Sampling of Issues-Oriented Sites
- AAUW Voter Education Campaign
The American Association of University Women advocates informed participation and some positions.
- ACLU Freedom Network
The American Civil Liberties Union prides itself on defending all civil liberties
- AFL-CIO Home Page
The largest labor union federation in the USA
- American-Israel Public Affairs Committee
One of the best known and most effective lobbying organizations in Washington, D.C.
- Amnesty International On-line
Activism for human rights everywhere
- The Carter Center
Begun by President and Mrs. Carter to combat "disease, hunger, poverty, conflict and oppression" through "cooperation, democracy, and development."
- Cato Policy Report Index
A think tank "promoting public policy based on limited government, free markets, individual liberty and peace."
- The Center for Democracy and Technology
A "non-profit public interest organization developing and advocating public policies that advance Constitutional civil liberties and democratic values in new computer and communication technologies."
- The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
A University of Colorado research center studying the causes of social violence and attempts to end the violence.
- The Christian Coalition
A source of information and a center of communication for conservative Christian activists.
- Communications Workers of America
A union working to keep pace with the changes in the industry most of its members work in.
A site with many links to politically conservative groups and information about conservative politics.
- The Concord Coalition
A multi-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public about the need to balance the US federal budget.
- Council of Latino Agencies
Political action and service are the focus of these groups.
- The Earth Times
Environmental activists on-line.
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation
A "non-profit civil liberties organization working in the public interest to protect privacy, free expression, and access to public resources and information in new media."
- The Electronic Policy Network
A centrist think tank (It's been labeled. Can you evaluate the label?)
- Emily's List
An organization dedicated to electing women (mostly Democrats) to public office
- EnviroLink Network
A central "bulletin board" for environmental groups.
- FAIR -- Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
FAIR is a "national media watch group offering well-documented criticism in an effort to correct media bias and imbalance" from a liberal perspective.
- Feminist Majority Foundation
Think tank and political action center.
- FreeViet Home Page
Anti-Communist organization and lobbying group.
- The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center
A Vanderbilt University "forum for dialogue, discussion and debate on free expression and freedom of information issues."
- Human Rights Watch
"Human Rights Watch conducts regular, systematic investigations of human rights abuses in some seventy countries around the world."
- Institute for the Study of Civic Values
ISCV is "a non-profit organization established in Philadelphia in 1973 to promote the fulfillment of America's historic civic ideals."
- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Another of the U. S.' largest unions presents itself and its concerns on-line.
- The International Workers of the World
Mostly historical, the IWW is still around representing the left wing of the U. S. labor movement.
- Institute for Global Communication
"IGC's five online communities of activists and organizations: PeaceNet, EcoNet, LaborNet, ConflictNet, and WomensNet, are gateways to articles, headlines, features, and web links on progressive issues."
- The John Birch Society
Founded during the Cold War, the John Birch Society continues to fight for against Communism and socialism.
- Media Research Center
Here is a conservative critique of the media. If you want the latest examples which prove to believers the domination of the media by liberals, here's where to get it.
- MoJo Wire
Mother Jones magazine, famous for its investigative reporting, will put you in touch with Hell Raiser Central and the Coin-Op Congress pages.
"The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is the oldest, largest and strongest Civil Rights Organization in the United States."
- National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League
One of the largest pro-choice organzations states its case at this site.
- National Committee for an Effective Congress
Making the case for freedom of choice, separation of church and state, gun control, equal rights, and environmental protection, the NCEC is a think tank for progressives.
- National Organization for Women
NOW is a large organization advocating equal rights for women.
- National Rifle Association
The NRA is dedicated to protecting the right to bear arms.
- National Right to Life Committee
One of the largest anti-abortion organzations states it case at this site.
- National Urban League
The National Urban League is the "premier social service and civil rights organization in America."
- Not One More!
A web site devoted to young victims of crime and the prevention of crime.
- People for the American Way
A lobbying organization dedicated to tolearance, secularism in politics, and religious liberties.
- Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Action Network works to protect the Earth's rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.
- Right on the Web
A large collection of links to conservative political groups.
- The Right Side of the Net
Established in 1994 to "counter all the socialism and moral anarchy out there on the Net."
- The Sheet Metal Workers International Association
The tinsmiths' union has set up an information service "for interested and involved persons, such as our membership, to add our collective knowledge to a growing global economy."
- Spy/Intelligence Sources
Links to sites associated with intelligence past and present all over the world.
- Turn Left...the home of Liberalism
The home of liberalism on the web.
- The United States Chamber of Commerce
The nation's largest business association presents its interests to the world.
Votelink Inc. is a private company with headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. It says it fosters global thinking on local issues, and as an interactive news channel, creates a place on the Web for electronic democracy.
- Welcome to World Liberalism
Links to liberal organizations and information from everywhere.
- Women's Resources on the Web
A long list of links to information and organizations concerned with women's issues from a site at the University of North Carolina.
Links to sites whose goals include improvement of women's health and status in society.
- The World's Women On-Line!
Begun in conjunction with the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995, the site continues as a set of links between women around the globe.
Other Sites Mentioned in the text