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Comparative Politics & Foreign Governments: Home

Introductory Remarks

Comparative politics is the study of politics within different countries.  Use this guide for locating information on foreign governments, institutions, and economies.

Data Resources


Useful Electronic Data Center links for foreign/comparative politics:


Electoral Data:


Governance and Institutional Quality:


Background Materials & Reference


  • Regional Surveys

Central and Southern Europe (HC2441.A1 C46)

Latin America

Eastern Europe, Russia, CIS, Central Asia (HC244.A1 E293)

Africa (DS1.F3 1987)

Western Europe (HC240.W37)

Far East and Australasia (DS1.F3)
Excellent surveys, divided up by region, that outlines social, demographic, financial, economic, and cultural trends and developments in each country. A nice set of summary statistics are presented as is a directory of important government officials. An essential guide. Older editions are located in the stacks, with the same call numbers.

NOW ONLINE HERE: Europa World and Europa Regional Surveys

Political Handbook of the World
ESSENTIAL!  Arranged alphabetically by country, includes a description of the country and an in-depth discussion of the politics and government of each country. Back issues in Stacks under call number JF37 .P61 (1975-most current).   Electronic version is part of the CQ Political Reference Suite.

  • Economist Country Reports &
    ESSENTIAL! These are great guides to contemporary political, economic, and social forces in most countries as well as links to the latest news concerning political and economic developments.  On the databases page, type in EIU, and then choose EIU Portal for access to these databases.


Keesing's is an authoritative monthly digest of worldwide political, diplomatic and economic affairs. Keesing's Online offers online access to over 70 years of complete, objective coverage of international events.

  • The Europa World Year Book
    Reference Desk D2 .E821 (most current)
    Arranged alphabetically by country and includes Introductory Survey; Statistical Survey: area and population, agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, industry, finance, external trade, transportation, tourism, communications, media, and education; Directory: the constitution, government, president and legislature, political organizations, diplomatic representation, judicial system, religion, the press, publishers, broadcasting and communication, finance, trade and industry, transportation, tourism. Back issues in Stacks under call number D2 .E821 (1989-2000).
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text access to 13,000 news, business and legal sources including national, international, and regional newspapers; transcripts of TV and radio news programs, magazines, trade journals, newsletters, wire service reports, law reviews, country reports.  Choose "guided news search" and select "world news" from the first dropdown m

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