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Ballotpedia
"An online encyclopedia about American politics and elections," including information on recent and upcoming elections at all levels of government. Published on a wiki platform and sponsored by the Lucy Burns Institute.

Class in America: An Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
Looks "at class from a variety of traditional perspectives: economic, historical, and sociological." "The 525 signed entries each end with a Suggested Reading section, for those interested in further research. A Bibliographical Essay can be found at the end of Volume 3."

Colonialism: an International, Social, Cultural, and Political Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
"This encyclopedia specifically sets out to treat cultural concepts and intellectual ideas as crucial to an understanding of colonialism in the modern world." Many entries "deal with the geographic dimensions of colonialism, including the places that came to be dominated by foreign societies as well as the national expressions of colonialism by various primarily (but not exclusively) European empires."

Concise Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History [Rutgers Restricted]
An abridged version of The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History. "Provides comprehensive coverage of both the traditional topics of U.S. political history and the broader forces that shape American politics--including economics, religion, social movements, race, class, and gender."

Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy [Rutgers Restricted]
Electronic version of the 3 volume resource containing "essays by subject experts on concepts and doctrines, policymaking, commerce and science, human rights and arms control, with specific articles on topics ranging from anti-imperialism to environmental diplomacy, from refugee policies to terrorism and countermeasures. Also includes a chronology."

Encyclopedia of American Urban History [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides "both a summary and an interpretation of the field. With contributions from leading academics in their fields, this authoritative resource offers an interdisciplinary approach by covering topics from economics, geography, anthropology, politics,

Encyclopedia of Crisis Management [Rutgers Restricted]
"Overviews concepts and techniques for effectively assessing, analyzing, managing, and resolving crises, whether they be organizational, business, community, or political. From general theories and concepts exploring the meaning and causes of crisis to practical strategies and techniques relevant to crises of specific types, crisis management is thoroughly explored."

Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief [Rutgers Restricted]
"This encyclopedia covers response to disasters around the world, from governments to NGOs, from charities to politics, from refugees to health, and from economics to international relations, covering issues in both historical and contemporary context. The volumes include information relevant to students of sociology, national security, economics, health sciences, political science, emergency preparedness, history, agriculture, and many other subjects."

Encyclopedia of Espionage - Intelligence and Security [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides a comprehensive, subject specific guide to the history, uses, scientific principles, and technologies of espionage, intelligence, and security, with special emphasis placed on the current ethical, legal, and social issues." A freely accessible version of this 3 volume set is also available.

Encyclopedia of Governance [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers "topics surrounding governance for the period between the collapse of the post-war consensus and the rise of neoliberal regimes in the 1970s. This comprehensive resource concentrates primarily on topics related to the changing nature and role of the state in recent times and the ways in which these roles have been conceptualized in the areas of Political Science, Public Administration, Political Economy, and Sociology." Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Health Services Research [Rutgers Restricted]
Multidisciplinary coverage "including areas such as health administration, health economics, medicine, medical sociology, political science, public policy, and public health."

Encyclopedia of Human Geography [Rutgers Restricted]
This electronic version of the multidisciplinary print resource covers cartography/geographical information systems, economic geography, geographic theory and history, political geography, social/cultural geography, and urban geography.

Encyclopedia of Libertarianism [Rutgers Restricted]
Each entry provides an introduction to a topic or policy question relevant to libertarianism or a biography of a person who has had an impact on libertarianism. Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Political Communication [Rutgers Restricted]
Povides interdisciplinary coverage of "the major theoretical approaches to the field, including direct and limited effects theories, agenda-setting theories, sociological theories, framing and priming theories, and other past and present conceptualizations." Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Political Theory [Rutgers Restricted]
Examines the ideas of the major political theorists from before Plato to our own times: the main schools of political thought; the concepts and issues that have captured the imagination and attention of political theorists; and some of the main institutions and practices inspired by political thought.

Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and The Right [Rutgers Restricted]
Articles on individuals, movements, political parties, and ideological principles, with those usually thought of as left in the left-hand volume (Volume 1), and those considered on the right in the right-hand volume (Volume 2). Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Power [Rutgers Restricted]
"With comprehensive coverage of the use of power in the social sciences, the encyclopedia serves as a one-stop point of reference for the diverse and complex ways in which power has been used. It also provides a reference for debates central to the issues of power in different contexts and for related topics, showing how these disparate topics are related to power."

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution [Rutgers Restricted]
Contains new and updated original articles covering recent concepts (i.e. adoption, race, the Constitution, birthright citizenship) and court cases since 1992 offering comprehensive coverage of all aspects of constitutional law, as well as biographies of people who have had an impact on our government's legal framework (Supreme Court Justices, Presidents, Cabinet Members, Lawyers, and more). Also covers judicial decisions handed down by the Supreme Court. 2nd edition.

Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior [Rutgers Restricted]
Focuses on American campaigns, elections, and electoral behavior but also provides a culturally and politically diverse perspective of American democratic practices and institutions. Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of United States National Security [Rutgers Restricted]
In addition to presenting historical facts and analyses of weapons systems, treaties, and international conflicts, it is designed to also provide a comprehensive introduction to some of the more complicated and abstract questions concerning world politics and national security.

Encyclopedia of Urban Studies [Rutgers Restricted]
"Includes important work and traditions from each of the urban disciplines, including urban anthropology, urban economics, urban geography, urban history, urban politics, urban psychology, and urban sociology."

Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace & Conflict [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides information about antagonism and reconciliation in all contexts of public and personal life. Covers topics such as arms control, peace movements, child abuse, folklore, terrorism and political assassinations.

Government, Politics, and Protest: Essential Primary Sources [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries with "full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context."

Green Politics: An A-to-Z Guide [Rutgers Restricted]
This collection of entries comprises some of the essential concepts, actors, institutions, and processes in green politics today. It draws on several academic arenas from economics and political science to political ecology and sociology, and focuses on a range of green issues from industrial pollution to indigenous rights. Part of the Green Society: Toward a Sustainable Future series.

Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries with "full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context."

International Encyclopedia of Political Science [Rutgers Restricted]
Aims to give a comprehensive picture of all aspects of political life, recognizing the theoretical and cultural pluralism of the approaches and including findings from all parts of the world. The eight volumes of the encyclopedia cover every field of politics, from political theory and methodology to political sociology, comparative politics, public policies, and international relations.

SAGE Glossary of the Social and Behavioral Sciences [Rutgers Restricted]
Combines and compares "terminology in nine separate social and behavioral science disciplines: communication, economics, education, geography, media studies, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology."

21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook [Rutgers Restricted]
Divided into six major parts: 1) General Approaches of Political Science; 2) Comparative Politics; 3) International Relations; 4) Political Science Methodology; 5) Political Thought; and 6) American Politics. A section on identity politics includes chapters on topics such as Race, Ethnicity, and Politics; Gender and Politics; Religion and Politics; and LGBT Issues/ Queer Theory.