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Links To Political Science Web Sites

The Uniform Resource Locators (URL’s) listed below represent a small sampling of the many links available to students of Political Science. Many of these links are starting points from which you can find more specific information. I hope that this helps students of Government who are unsure of where to start looking in the vast expanse of cyberspace.

Google Search Results for Federalist #10 Considered by many to be the single most important commentary on the Constitution. Choose from the links listed on the Google page.

Politico is a site dedicated to news stories from around the world, with a focus on those involving the U.S. political system.

538 Blog This page on the New York Times' site provides analysis of the poitical scene. Their approach is non-partisan, and is focused very often on what various polls and other data tell us about who might win certain races and what trends might develop.

270toWin This site provides a visual representation of the Electoral College results in each state, using the familiar blue for Democrats/red for Republicans scheme. Visitors to the site can view the results of every Presidential election in United States history, as well as click on each state to change who/which party might win, in trying to determine who might win in the future.

Loyal Electors Expect to Toe the Party Line This November 8, 2000 piece from the New York Times provides an accurate and timely explanation of the constitutional underpinnings of the Electoral College. Beyond the theoretical, it also explains the real ways in which the electors behave in the present day.

Order vs. Liberty Written by Larry Gragg, this piece of scholarship considers an important aspect of politics in an historical context. The conflict of order vs. liberty is one of the basic problems of democracy, and this article examines the issue in terms of the Alien and Sedition acts of 1798. This gives an example of one of the key dilemmas of government.

University At Binghamton Political Science Department Home Page Most valuable for links to research and its link to The Political Handbook Of The World, written by Professor Banks.

University At Albany Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy The department’s site has recently undergone major construction. It contains links to the departments of other schools. Also on this site you will find links to many sites of great use to students of political science.

Doonesbury Electronic Town Hall This is the web site run by the creator of the comic strip “Doonesbury”, Gary Trudeau. The strip often tackles social and political issues.

American Political Science Association From the home page: “The American Political Science Association is the major professional society for individuals engaged in the study of politics and government. APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors.”

Usenet Groups

Sometimes known as “newsgroups,” these are essentially electronic bulletin boards not unlike those you might find on AOL. These ARE NOT chat rooms. However, there is a low signal-to-noise ratio. Be especially skeptical of information you read here. Question the sources. Also, please ignore the “flaming” and the get-rich-quick advertisements. These can be useful, or they can be a waste of time. The names of the newsgroups are supposed to be guides for the subject matter, and this is often followed, although some choose to ignore the topic.

ab.politics To be honest, I am not sure what “ab” stands for. Not that it matters. I saw an interesting discussion of the Canadian health care system here.

alt.politics.reform Noteworthy for the fact that it is among the newsgroups that the White House sends its press releases to.

alt.politics.usa.constitution A better signal-to-noise ratio than most. More often than with other groups, people stay on topic.

talk.politics.theory This newsgroup also tends towards higher ground. Discussions of truly worthy theoretical and practical issues exist here.

There are many other “alt.politics...” and “talk.politics...” groups. Some useful, some a waste of time. Try those above to start, there is enough information there to sift through.
As stated above, this is merely intended as a set of suggested places to start. Feel free to use any of the search engines that exist on the web to find more. Enjoy!!

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