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Elections and Politics Background and Reference Sources

Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Green Library » Information Center » JK1976 .O95 2010
also available in print in the Green Library Information Center JK1976 .O95 2010
1st ed. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2013.
Green Library » Stacks » JK1764 .R455 2013
Featuring twelve essays that engage with national, provincial, and municipal governments across three continents, this volume tackles traditional core elements of democratic representation, such as voting, electoral systems, and political parties, while also underscoring the ways in which beliefs and preferences of citizens are influenced, expressed, and aggregated and the effects of those methods and practices on political agendas and policy outcomes. In pinpointing deficiencies in contemporary democratic practices and possibilities for reform, Representation provides an invaluable roadmap to improve democratic representation in the twenty-first century. Also avaialble in print in Green Library stacks: JK1764 .R455 2013
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Green Library » Information Center » JK2261 .O94 2010
Also available in print in the Green Library Information Center JK2261 .O94 2010
Bethesda [Md.] : Academica Press, c2010.
Green Library » Stacks » JK1991 .M259 2010
This study uniquely and systematically makes the argument that the electoral process in America should be considered as a public good. This argument is placed in the context of an examination of campaign funding and historical attempts at reform. It furthermore is more analytic than anything in the field in tracing the connections between our system of private funding of electoral campaigns and specific difficulties that the country has encountered with regard to the environment, health care, and the financial crisis. It is unique in drawing the conclusion that greater political equality can best be achieved by providing candidates with the option of paying for their campaigns with public funds.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Green Library » Stacks » JS395 .H35 2010
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2011.
Green Library » Stacks » JK2281 .L56 2011

Elections and Politics Databases Ejournals and Websites


Suggested Databases and E-journals for “Politics and/or Elections” topics:

  • PAIS International:Scholarly articles on international public policy and politics
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete: From EBSCO Host, you can search together with Academic Search Premier by selecting an additional Database. This database is great for articles on the rhetoric of candidates and the impact of media on public perception of canditates
  • Political Science
  • Newsbank News File and Access World News: Great source for news from newspapers, television, radio, and websites, going back to the 1980s to current news
  • Polling Databases:
    • Polling the Nations: A database of polls taken on a variety of subjects all over the world. Each record in the database consists of one poll question and the participants' responses. Records are indexed by subject matter, publication year, general and specific location, and survey method.
    • IPoll Databank: comprehensive, up-to-date source for US nationwide public opinion. A full-text retrieval system, the iPoll online database is organized at the question level, providing the tools to sift through nearly a half million questions asked on national public opinion surveys, 1935 to present. Surveys archived in the Roper Catalog were originally gathered by academic, commercial and media survey organizations such as Gallup Organization, Harris Interactive, Pew Research Associates, and many more.
  • America History and Life: for any historical topic - good for getting historical perspective on a political person or issue, or any historic event.
  • Historical Abstracts: same as above but provides perspective outside the Americas
  • Film and Television Literature: For articles on coverage of Elections and Campaigns on televisions and in films: many are articles from Variety and Hollywood Reporter (you will find fulltext by using the "Find it at Stanford" link), but you can limit to Academic Resources, and find scholarly articles from journals like Popular Communication; Television and News Media; Journal of Popular Film & Television; Political Communication; Gender Studies; Media Psychology; Film International, and more

For presidential speeches, check these news databases (available to Stanford users):

Political Journals and Magazines

Politics and Election websites:

    This website was created "to help voters separate fact from falsehood
    in the 2008 presidential campaign." Now up-to-date to the 2016 election. Journalists and researchers from the [St. Petersburg] Times and CQ [Congressional Quarterly] will fact-check the accuracy of speeches, TV ads, interviews and other campaign communications." Searchable; or browse the site's "Truth-O-Meter" by candidate, subject, political party, and other factors. Includes related articles and in-depth features.
  • Voter Turnout:
    Collection of research and commentary on voter turnout and election results. Topics include evangelical voters, the youth vote, the myth of a toss-up election, how and when experience in a president counts, and voter mobilization. From the Brookings Institution.
  • Brookings Institute 2016 Election: Research Behind the Race
  •  -compiles and presents up-to-the minute changes in an aggregate of polls and news/editorial reports
  • MSNBC Politics
  • Commission on Presidential Debates: historic debate transcripts - including the Kennedy Nixon debates of 1960
  • The Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debates, 1960, from the Internet Archive
  • History of Televised Presidential Debates (1960-2000)
  • American Rhetoric: Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.