Links verified 15 July 2015

AP*Comparative Government
and Politics Examination
|What You Need to Know
__ Sources on the Web ______________________

General Sources

Country Profiles
  • The CIA World Fact Book
    Information about the geography, demographics, economics, politics, and military power of every country around the globe.

  • United States Department of State Background Notes
    The publications listed below include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.

Governments, Parties, and Elections
  • World Leaders
    From the CIA, here's the list of state and government leaders from every country in world.

  • Constitutions of the World
    Links to constitutions (in several languages) from all over the world.

  • ElectionWorld
    There are links at this site to elections, parties, parliaments, and a political database for the globe. It's hosted by Wikipedia, but it's not subject to the open editing allowed in most of Wikipedia.

  • 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."

  • Legislatures Online
    C-SPAN's list of links to world legislatures, some of which broadcast video of their sessions.

  • Political Parties by Region
    Wikipedia's collection of political parties by country, organized by regions of the world.

Topical and Issue-Oriented Sites
  • Center for World Indigenous Studies
    The CWIS' purpose is to offer the greatest possible access to documents and resources about the poorest and least industrialized people and nations.

  • Foreign Affairs Magazine
    One of the USA's most respected journals about foreign policy is now online and maintains a large file of links to sites related to international relations.

  • 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.

  • Intelligence Research Program
    The Federation of American Scientists has collected links to governmental intelligence programs world wide.

  • Comparative Politics Studies
    Reports of academic research and theoretical ideas.

  • Marxism Page
    Someone at the Australian National University at Canberra maintains this page of links to the Communist Manifesto and other Marxist works by many authors.

  • World Population
    An estimate of the world population that is updated regularly.

Collections of Web Links
  • AdmiNet
    An English-language version of a list of links to governments, politics, and news all over the world.

  • Comparative Politics Resources
    This collection of links comes from Keele University in the UK.


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General Sources Current News Articles International Organizations
The United Kingdom The Russian Federation
(Rossiyskaya Federatsiya)
The Peoples Republic of China
(Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo)
The Federal Republic of Nigeria The United Mexican States
(Estados Unidos Mexicanos)
Islamic Republic of Iran
(Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Iran)

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If you have problems with any of these links or find links
that ought to be added to these lists, please contact Ken Wedding.

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(Virtual help from Jana Eaton, Kevin Sacredote, Mark Cann, Chip Hauss, John Eyster, and David Pugh.
Inspiration from Rich Meislin at the New York Times.)