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Animal Rights: a Reference Handbook
Animal rights [electronic resource] : a reference handbook / Clifford J. Sherry. "Animal rights United States Handbooks, manuals, etc. Animal welfare Law and legislation United States Handbooks, manuals, etc." ABC-CLIO, c1994. HV4764 .S5 1994eb

Bill of Rights
Title: The Bill of Rights [electronic resource] / edited by Thomas T. Lewis. Publisher: Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, c2002. 2 v. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm. v. 1. Bill of Rights, Amendments, Issues -- v. 2. Court cases, appendices, index.

Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction
Title: The Bill of Rights [electronic resource] : creation and reconstruction / Akhil Reed Amar. Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c1998. xv, 412 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

Biographical Dictionary of British Prime Ministers
Title: Biographical dictionary of British prime ministers [electronic resource] / edited by Robert Eccleshall and Graham Walker. Edition: Taylor & Francis e-Library ed. Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2002. Description: xiv, 428 p.

Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science
Title: The Blackwell dictionary of political science [electronic resource] : a user’s guide to its terms / Frank Bealey. Publisher: Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1999.

Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought
Title: The Blackwell encyclopaedia of political thought [electronic resource] / edited by David Miller ; advisory editors, Janet Coleman, William Connolly, Alan Ryan. Edition: [Pbk. rpt. ed., 2000]. Publisher: Oxford, UK ; New York, NY, USA : B. Blackwell, 2000, c1987.

Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy
Essays by subject experts treat 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 Civil Rights in America
The Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America is a comprehensive, alphabetically-organized reference source on the human rights and civil liberties that are legally recognized in the United States. The 677 entries address civil rights issues from a variety of perspectives, such as race, gender, age, medical status or conditions, physical and mental challenges, group membership, religion, and many others.

Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories
The encyclopedia of conspiracies and conspiracy theories [electronic resource] / by Michael Newton. Publisher: New York : Facts On File, c2006.

Encyclopedia of Governance
The encyclopedia has almost 550 entries, totaling more than 625,000 words written by some 230 international experts. The Reader's Guide provides one way of navigating this comprehensive coverage. It highlights general topics, such as policy analysis, public-sector management, sociological theory, economic governance, democratic theory, security, and global governance. Each topic heading is followed by a list of the entries that address that topic.

Encyclopedia of Homelessness
The goal of the Encyclopedia of Homelessness is to summarize our knowledge of homelessness. This includes describing the patterns of homelessness in the past, focusing on the recent and current situation in the United States, and sampling homelessness around the world. Entries cover causes; history; legal issues, advocacy, and policy; legislation and programs; lifestyle and health problems; organizations; research; services and service settings; size and perceptions; subpopulations and lifestyles; and world issues and perspectives. Descriptive articles cover homelessness today in eight major American cities and more than thirty cities and nations around the world. These entries allow for quick and easy comparisons

Encyclopedia of Politics
Although our emphasis is on the modern era, we have included many movements, political leaders, and thinkers from the 19th and early 20th centuries. And although each contributor offered his or her own interpretative slant, we have attempted to achieve a tone of balance, presenting the information with objectivity rather than advocacy

Encyclopedia of Terrorism
Although not a textbook, and certainly not a monograph, the encyclopedia provides detailed discussions of the who, what, where, when, and why of terrorism, including the September 11 attacks and their ramifications. Providing a comprehensive, global coverage of terrorism with more than 300 in-depth entries, readers have the wherewithal to understand the component parts of terrorism or develop a more exhaustive study of a topic. The latter is made possible by crossreferences to related entries at the end of each entry, as well as a detailed list of further readings

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
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.

Encyclopedia of United States National Security
Each of the nearly 700 entries in this Encyclopedia of United States National Security has been reviewed thoughtfully by its editors—scholars of equal standing in the field. The entries are presented in traditional format—alphabetically—and most are cross-referenced to numerous other entries to enable fuller contextual learning. But this volume is more than an A to Z list of ideas. 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 War & American Society
This encyclopedia includes substantial essays on the wars Americans have fought, their civilian and military leaders, and their major military institutions. It goes well beyond those subjects, however, in two significant ways. First, it probes the connections between our wartime expeditions and the experiences of the larger American society. This exploration is not limited to years of war; it also includes discussions of those aspects of society that bear the marks of wartime experience after the conflicts end.

Human Rights: a Reference Handbook
Title: Human rights [electronic resource] : a reference handbook / Nina Redman and Lucille Whalen. Edition: 2nd ed. Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, c1998. Description: xvi, 301 p. ; 24 cm.

Illustrated Dictionary of Constitutional Concepts
The illustrated dictionary of constitutional concepts [electronic resource] / Robert L. Maddex. Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Congressional Quarterly, c1996. Description: xv, 335 p. : ill. ; 24 cm..

International conflict: a Chronological Encyclopedia of Conflicts and Their Management, 1945-1995
Title: International conflict [electronic resource] : a chronological encyclopedia of conflicts and their management, 1945-1995 / Jacob Bercovitch and Richard Jackson. Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Congressional Quarterly, c1997.

Native American Issues: a Reference Handbook
Native American issues [electronic resource] : a reference handbook / William N. Thompson. Indians of North America Politics and government Handbooks, manuals, etc. Indians of North America Civil rights Handbooks, manuals, etc. Indians of North America Legal status, laws, etc. Handbooks, manuals, etc." ABC-CLIO, c1996. E98.T77 T56 1996eb

Notable Speeches in Contemporary Presidential Campaigns
Title: Notable speeches in contemporary presidential campaigns [electronic resource] / Robert V. Friedenberg. Publisher:Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2002. Description: xvi, 265 p. Contents prologue : 1840, William Henry Harrison -- 1960, John F. Kennedy -- 1964, Barry Goldwater -- 1968, Richard M. Nixon -- 1980, Ronald Reagan -- 1992, Bill and Hillary Clinton -- 2000, George W. Bush.

Oxford handbook of comparative politics:edited by Carles Boix and Susan C. Stokes
Why do authoritarian states democratize? What accounts for the contours, dynamics, and ideologies of the nation-state? Under what conditions do civil wars and revolutions erupt? Why is political representation channeled through political parties in contemporary democracies? Why do some parties run on policy programs, others on patronage? Can citizens use elections and courts to hold governments accountable? These are some of the crucial questions that comparative political scientists address. And they are the questions, among others, around which this volume is organized. We asked a set of top scholars in the field of comparative politics to write critical surveys of areas of scholarship in which they are expert. We assembled the volume with two guiding principles. First, we are committed to the possibility (and desirability) of generating a systematic body of theoretical knowledge about politics. The discipline advances, we believe, through theoretical discovery and innovation. Second, we embrace a catholic approach to comparative methodology. In the following paragraphs we offer an overview of our authors' contributions, with occasional critical commentary of our own or additional thoughts on the directions in which future research should go.

Oxford handbook of contextual political analysis / edited by Robert E. Goodin and Charles Tilly.
This is part of a ten volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of political science. This work explores the idea of context in politics from a number of angles, including philosophically, psychologically, historically and culturally. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006. Description:xii, 869 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

Oxford handbook of contextual political analysis / edited by Robert E. Goodin and Charles Tilly.
This is part of a ten volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of political science. This work explores the idea of context in politics from a number of angles, including philosophically, psychologically, historically and culturally. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006. Description:xii, 869 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

Oxford handbook of international relations / edited by Christian Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal
This Oxford handbook assembles the world's leading scholars in international relations to present diverse perspectives about purposes, questions, theories, and methods. It will become the first point of reference for scholars and students interested in these key issues. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008. Description:xiii, 772 p. ; 26 cm.

Oxford handbook of political behavior / edited by Russell J. Dalton and Hans-Dieter Klingemann
Familiarising the reader with particular aspects of political behaviour and the methodologies of study in this field, this volume examines the role of the citizen in contemporary politics, based on essays from some of the world's leading researchers into political behaviour. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007. Description:xvi, 992 p. ; 25 cm.

Oxford handbook of political institutions / edited by R.A.W. Rhodes, Sarah A. Binder and Bert A. Rockman.
'Oxford Handbooks of Political Science' are essential guides to the state of political science today. With contributions from 39 major international scholars, the 'Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions' provides the key point of reference for anyone working on political institutions and beyond. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008. Description:xvii, 816 p. ; 26 cm.

Oxford handbook of political methodology / edited by Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Henry E. Brady and David
With engaging contributions from major international scholars 'The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology' provides the key point of reference for anyone working throughout the discipline.Political science--Methodology--Handbooks, manuals, etc. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008. Description:xiii, 880 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

Oxford handbook of public management / edited by Ewan Ferlie, Laurence E. Lynn, Jr. and Christopher Pollitt.
The public sector continues to play a strategic role across the world and in the last thirty years there have been major shifts in approaches to its management. This text identifies the trends in public management and the effects these have had, as well as providing a broad overview to each topic. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007. Originally published: 2005. Description:xiii, 789 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

Oxford handbook of public policy / edited by Michael Moran, Martin Rein and Robert E. Goodin
This is part of a ten volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of political science. This work explores the business end of politics, where theory meets practice in the pursuit of public good. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008. Description:xii, 983 p. ; 26 cm.

Oxford handbook on the United Nations / edited by Thomas G. Weiss and Sam Daws
This major new handbook provides the definitive and comprehensive analysis of the UN and will be an essential point of reference for all those working on or in the organization. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008. Description:xxviii, 810 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

Routledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy. Volume 1, Entries A-F
Title: Routledge encyclopedia of international political economy. Volume 1, Entries A-F [electronic resource] / edited by R.J. Barry Jones. Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2001.

The Oxford handbook of political economy / edited by Barry R. Weingast and Donald A. Wittman.
Over its lifetime, 'political economy' has had different meanings. This handbook views political economy as a synthesis of the various strands of social science, treating it as the methodology of economics applied to the analysis of political behaviour and institutions. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006. Description:xvii, 1093 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

The Oxford handbook of political theory / edited by John S. Dryzek, Bonnie Honig, Anne Phillips
This text serves as a guide to the state of political science and features contributions from major international scholars. It provides a point of reference for anyone working in political theory and focuses on a particular aspects of the discipline, including public policy, political economy and more. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008. Description:xv, 883 p. ; 25 cm.

Vital Statistics on the Presidency: Washington to Clinton
Vital statistics on the presidency [computer file] : Washington to Clinton / Lyn Ragsdale. "Presidents United States History Handbooks, manuals, etc. Presidents United States Statistics Handbooks, manuals, etc." Congressional Quarterly, c1998. JK518 .R34 1998eb