Public Affairs & Public Administration 

A Historical Guide to the U.S. Government. Kurian, George Thomas., New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Provides profiles of the U.S. government through history of the various departments and agencies that constitute it. This book illustrates the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic ideas and movements that have energized the course of U.S. history, with selected bibliographies of works that will be helpful for learning more about the subject. Appendix consists of important documents of public administration.
Keywords: encyclopedia, history guide, U.S. government

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Institutions. Bogdanor, Vernon. Oxford, OX, UK.: New York, NY, USA : Blackwell Reference,1987.

Hailed by the American Library Association as an 'Outstanding Reference Source', this book elucidates the terms, concepts and ideas central to the study of politics, with in-depth articles written by many of the world's leading political scientists. Among the topics analyzed are types of political organization (such as democracy, oligarchy, dictatorship) of political community (confederation, empire) and of political party (socialist, liberal, conservative). Leading political scientists of the past are also represented. Comprehensive reading lists are included for all main topics, and there is a full index. This new paperback edition of the Encyclopedia maintains its purpose as being both a reliable work of scholarship for specialists in political science and related disciplines, and also an accessible guide for anyone with an interest in politics today.
Keywords: encyclopedia, political institution, political organization

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Miller, David, Oxford; New York: B. Blackwell, 1987.

Provides political thought with a reliable guide to the major ideas and doctrines that influence the contemporary world. It outlines the thought of leading political theorists, past and present, and considers the ways in which thinking about politics has evolved historically.
Keywords: encyclopedia, political thought

Congress A to Z: A Ready Reference Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Washington, DC.:Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1993.

Short essays on the structure and operations of the U.S. Congress.
Keywords: congress, encyclopedia, structure of congress

Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court. 3rd ed. Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 1997.

Covers origins and development of the U.S. Supreme Court, relation to the other branches, modern role in relation to the individual, pressures, operation, members (including short biographies), major decisions through 1996, and key documents such as the Constitution.
Keywords: encyclopedia, legislative branch, supreme court

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. 2nd ed. Levy, Leonard W., and Kenneth Karst L. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2000.

Includes doctrinal concepts of constitutional law; people; judicial decisions, mostly of the Supreme Court; public acts, such as statutes, treaties, and executive orders; and historical periods, plus the text of the Constitution itself and other documents 6 volumes. (Out of print – limited availability).
Keywords: American constitution, administrative law, encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy. Deconde, Alexander., Richard Burns D., Fredrik Logevall, and Louise Ketz B. 2nd Ed. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2001.

Much about the world has changed since 1978, when this encyclopedia's first edition appeared. The Soviet Union has dissolved, Yugoslavia has become a jigsaw puzzle of smaller states designed to keep ethnic conflict in check, an oil war raged briefly in the Persian Gulf, Eastern Europe has been freed to find its own way, Israeli and Palestinian leaders met on the White House lawn to sign a peace accord that is fading into memory, and China has experienced both brutal political repression and significant economic reform. The U.S. has had to adjust its foreign policy to fit this post-cold war world. The revised Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy reflects the challenge the nation has faced in several ways. The most evident change is the updating of articles such as Balance of power (now briefly discussing George W. Bush's rapid shift in September 2001 from unilateralism to collaboration); Cold War evolution and interpretations (noting the continuity between interpretations of the forces that fueled it and interpretations of its end); and Dissent in wars (noting the ambivalence of the U.S and its political leaders toward the 1990s conflicts in the Balkans). Indeed, it now takes four articles to cover the complexities of the origins and end of the Cold War, whereas the first edition managed with just one. Thorough updating of history and the collateral changes in U.S. foreign policy theories and strategies is evident throughout. The expanded encyclopedia also reflects changes through 48 new essays, among them African Americans, Cultural imperialism, Gender, Multinational corporations, Outer space, Refugee policies, and, of course, Terrorism and Counterterrorism. Others have been dropped, including those dealing with conscription, detente, the Fourteen Points, the Truman Doctrine, the King Cotton theory, and missionaries. This list argues in favor of retention rather than disposal of the old edition. Bibliographies have been thoroughly updated to account for new scholarship and thinking on enduring topics as well as to provide leads to additional resources on new ones. Most items include informative, brief descriptive annotations. See also references at the conclusion of each article also provide pointers for further exploration. By covering the somewhat specialized concerns of the foreign policy "establishment" (e.g., Deterrence, Extraterritoriality, Protectorates and spheres of influence ) as well as those forces the public observes in foreign relations (e.g., Nationalism, Race and ethnicity, Religion), the encyclopedia meets the needs of both academic users and the curious citizen seeking greater understanding of foreign affairs. The academic specialists who wrote the articles kept this latter audience in mind. The broad topical essays in the revised Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy complement the country-by-country treatment and biographies of diplomats and statesmen that predominate in the Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations (Oxford, 1997). Both are essential to academic collections, and the former merits exposure to the broader audience public libraries serve.
Keywords: American legislative system, encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of the American Legislative System. Silbey, H.J., Gale Group, 1996.

Provides studies of the principal structures, processes, and policies of Congress and the state legislatures since the colonial era.
Keywords: American legislative system, encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of the American Legislative System, Studies of the Principal Structures, Processes, and Policies of Congress and the State Legislatures Since the Colonial Era. Silbey, Joel H., New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.

History, election, structure, processes, public policy, and relation to other political branches of both the national and state legislatures. 3 volumes.
Keywords: colonial era, encyclopedia, political history, political structure

Encyclopedia of American Political History, Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas. Greene, Jack P, ed. New York: Scribner, 1984.

Major issues, themes, institutions, processes, and developments in U.S. political history. 3 volumes.
Keywords: American history, American political development, encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of American Political Reform. Clucas, Richard A. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 1996.

This handy, ready-reference book offers brief encyclopedic entries on subjects ranging from "Abscam" to "Pork-Barrel Legislation" to the "Winograd Commission" to "Zero-Base Budgeting." Though the information is far from comprehensive, each short article (approximately 50 to 250 words in length) offers a clear, concise explanation of some (sometimes quite obscure) aspect of American political reform, and ends with a bibliographic reference. Easy to read and written in a bias-free style, this volume is enhanced by a useful chronology of contemporary political reform (1962-1996) and a very thorough bibliography. Unfortunately, some information can be difficult to locate. "Don't ask, don't tell" is not found under D for "Don't." Even if students were well versed enough to know that the phrase had something to do with the gay rights movement and looked under that heading, they still wouldn't find mention of it. They would have to use the see-also references under "Gay Rights Movement" that direct them to two articles: "Civil Rights Movement" and "Clinton, William J." The phrase is briefly explained in the article about Clinton. Still, this is a clearly written and useful resource.
Keywords: American political reform, American politics, encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of the American Presidency. 4 vols. Levy, Leonard W., Louis Fisher, MacMillan Reference Books, 1998.

Captures the origin, evolution and constant unfolding of the American presidency, with entries on the presidents, their roles, powers and prerogatives and their relationship with Congress and the judiciary.
Keywords: American presidency, encyclopedia, politics

Encyclopedia of American Public Policy. Jackson, Byron M., Santa Barbara, Calif. Oxford : ABC-CLIO, 1999.

Provides the legislative process and how policy is actually made. Explains key concepts related to public policy, organized to 13 major areas of activity in the field of American public policy. Each section begins with a chronological overview of how policy has developed.
Keywords: American public policy, encyclopedia, public policy

Encyclopedia of Associations National Organizations of the U.S. Thomson Gale, 55th ed. 2016.

Volume 1, totaling about 3,700 pages in three parts, provides contact information and descriptions for more than 22,000 nonprofit American membership organizations of national and international scope. Part 3 of this first volume consists of a comprehensive Name & Keyword Index. Volume 2, Geographic & Executive Indexes, provides access to listings in the first volume by location and by name of association officers. Featured as the third part of Volume 1, the Name and Keyword Index is a comprehensive alphabetical listing of all organizations appearing in EA, and includes location information with each primary citation. For further quick access, all associations have reference numbers and are reclassified and indexed in the two indexes comprising Volume 2 (which is sold separately): The Geographic Index lists organizations alphabetically by state and city, making it possible to identify associations according to their geographic locations and also to determine which and/or how many organizations are headquartered in a specific region; the Executive Index sorts by the surname of the association's head contact person, making it possible to identify an organization through its chief officer, and also to learn whether a particular individual serves in that capacity for more than one organization.
Keywords: encyclopedia, national organization

Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789-2002. Vile, John R., Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2003.

At first, Vile (political science, Middle Tennessee State U.) puzzled over how to glean the required one-fourth to one-third new material for a second edition from events and literature since 1995, when the first edition ended. He has, however, discovered not only much new material about the amendments and proposals he described, but also proposals that he had not known about. His short non-technical explanatory essays focus on groups of amendments and proposals relating to a single topic. He also considers proposed new or revised constitutions, both in the traditional books and pamphlets, and now on the Internet. He cites both legal and general works in the lists for further reading.
Keywords: constitution, constitutional amendment, encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of Democracy. 4 vols. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 1995.

Provide aspects of democracy from its earliest stirrings to such recent developments as the end of eastern European communism and South African apartheid. It is illustrated with photographs, maps, and charts, and is alphabetically arranged, carefully indexed, and abundantly cross-referenced for easy access and research.
Keywords: democracy, democratic development, encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of Government Advisory Organizations (Encyclopedia of Governmental Advisory Organizations, 15th Ed). Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research Co., 2001.

Comprehensive guide to permanent, continuing, terminated, and authorized but never funded advisory bodies reporting to the president, Congress, and executive departments and agencies. Extensive entries include mandate, statutory authority, and titles of official reports. Organized by subject, with staff, keyword and publication title indexes.
Keywords: encyclopedia, government advisory organization, government agency

Encyclopedia of Government and Politics. Vol.1 - 2. Hawkesworth, Mary, and Maurice, Kogan. New York: Routledge, 1992.

Provides brief overviews of political theories, ideologies, institutions, forces and processes impacting on policy making, the nation state, and international relations.
Keywords: encyclopedias, government, politics

Encyclopedia of Human Rights. Lawson, Edward., and Bertucci, Mary L. 2nd Ed., Taylor & Francis Group. 1996.

Published with the cooperation of the United Nations Centre for Human Rights, this standard reference collects information on every important development in the field of human rights that occurred between 1945, when the UN Charter entered into force, and June 30, 1990 (a few later events are covered, such as the UN Security Council action immediately following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait). The materials, which are presented objectively and with a minimum of editorial comment, include the complete texts of some 200 international and regional treaties; reports on general and specialized subjects, such as health care, the environment, the rights of children, women, minorities, indigenous peoples; special conventions and declarations on such subjects as apartheid and terrorism; an overview of the rights situation in more than 150 countries, and information on about 130 non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations.
Keywords: encyclopedia, government, human rights, politics, United Nations Centre for Human Rights

Encyclopedia of Policy Studies. Nagel, Stuart S., 2nd ed. New York: M. Dekker, 1994.

Articles analyze the basic issues in the field of policy studies, including criminal justice, health, environmental protection, labor, and education.
Keywords: encyclopedia, policy studies, public policy

Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy. Beverly, James A., David Schultz, Facts on File, 2003.

This is a great one volume reference book that gives you up to date information on the United States government, public administration, and the policy process. The volume also examines issues of concern to state and local government and it provides additional coverage of some international topics.
Keywords: encyclopedia, public administration, public policy

Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy – 2 Volume Set. Rabin, Jack. Marcel Dekker. 2003.

This authoritative source: (i) assesses processes, methods, and influential ideas from "Achieving Productivity" and "Game Theory" to "Uncertainty in Decision Making" and "Win-Win Approaches to International Peace", (ii) details the policy decisions and histories in fields such as privatization, biomedical ethics, education, diversity, and judicial ethics, (iii) covers watershed decisions and policies, spanning the Nuremberg trials to the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and recent budget reconciliation bills, and (iv) outlines current administrative practices and models with articles such as "Types of Organizational Theories," "Electronic Government," and "Economic Theories of Administration” Audience.
Keywords: encyclopedia, public administration, public policy

Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy – First Update Supplement. Rabin, Jack. Marcel Dekker. 2005.

Edited by a world-renowned authority in the field, this supplement: (i) maintains the high-quality features of the original print volumes while extending the depth and range of discussion, (ii) offers 106 articles previously unavailable in print format, (iii) contains the latest information on a wide range of subjects including capital programming and purchasing, decentralization in developing countries, ethics and information technology, integrated healthcare systems, life-cycle costing, policy networks, public reporting, urban planning and ethics, and environmental policy, and (iv) studies models of the policy process. Providing an almost 50% increase in material, this supplement documents the latest trends in public administration, public policy, policy analysis, public finance, management, social psychology, political science, economics, and sociology-offering an abundance of up-to-date articles for the scholar and practitioner alike, as well as providing a wealth of information for further research on the topic.
Keyword: encyclopedia, public administration, public policy

Encyclopedia of Public Health. Breslow, Lester. Macmillan Reference Books; 2002.

Guarding the public's well-being requires the efforts of specialists in public health, public policy, nursing, medicine, government, and social science. In the aftermath of September 11 and the anthrax scare, as the number of health-related restrictions, caveats, procedures, and injunctions explode, the public health community has become increasingly concerned with the prevention and detection of disease and with health promotion. This four-volume compilation provides basic information on more than 900 programs, services, organizations, health behaviors, and the prevalence, epidemiology, and costs of communicable diseases. Although the work focuses on the United States, there are also references to worldwide problems. The preface states that the signed articles are written by experts, but only their affiliations, not their credentials, are provided. The alphabetically arranged articles have brief bibliographies and are interspersed with ample cross references. An extensive, annotated bibliography, arranged in logical subject categories, is included at the end of Volume 4. There is also an appendix of important documents and official statements concerning the well-being of the entire population. This user-friendly set is more extensive and up-to-date than the Dictionary of Public Health Promotion and Education (Sage, 1996) and is a highly recommended addition to reference collections in academic and large public libraries.
Keywords: encyclopedia, public health

Encyclopedia of Third Parties in the United States. Kruschke, Earl R., Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO. 1991.

Provides descriptions of 81 so-called "third" political parties in the US from the beginning of the 19th century to the present. Each of the included parties had a distinctive impact, however brief, on American politics, and each description includes an account of the party's origin and development, its principal participants, its voting records, and its successes and failures. Also included is a discussion of the role that these supposedly minor parties have played in the American "two-party" system.
Keywords: encyclopedia, third parties, United States

International Encyclopedia of Government and Politics. Magill, Frank N., Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1996.
Keywords: encyclopedias, government, politics

International Encyclopedia of Human Rights: Freedom, Abuses, and Remedies. Maddex, Robert L., Congressional Quarterly Books; 2000.

This latest in a variety of books on human rights issues that also includes Encyclopedia of Human Rights Issues Since 1945 (Langley, 1999) and Human Rights in the United
States: A Dictionary and Documents [RBB Fe 1 01] is by far the easiest to read and the simplest to interpret. Beginning its coverage with the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the volume includes definitions of more than 150 important concepts, such as Asylum, Civil rights, and Sovereignty; entries on decisions of national and international bodies; descriptions of well over 100 documents (including some significant historical statements, such as the Magna Carta); information about agencies and organizations involved in human rights; and biographies of some of key individuals, from Aristotle to Guatemalan activist Rigoberta Menchu. The introduction includes a complete alphabetical list of the topics followed by a list of entries by category, such as "Biographies" or "Documents." Also included is a key to the symbols used in the entries to identify such information as telephone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, Web sites addresses, and citations to documents, court decisions, further readings, and related entries. The publisher has provided an extensive index and a typeface that is inviting to look at and easy to read. The volume succeeds in making human-rights issues more understandable for the average person and in maintaining an evenhanded look at the issues. This exceptional book is well organized and well written and should be useful for academic, public, and high-school libraries.
Keywords: abuses, encyclopedia, freedom, human rights, international, remedies

International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration. Vol. 1-4 Edited by Shafritz, Jay M. Boulder: Westview Press, 1998.

Containing approximately 900 articles by over 300 experts, the Encyclopedia covers the core concepts, terms, and processes of public policy and public administration. It also includes individuals who made significant intellectual and technical contributions to the development of public policy and administration, significant organizations, and historically important committees or commissions.
Keywords: administration, encyclopedia, public policy

International Encyclopedia of Women's Suffrage. Hannam, June., Katherine Holden, and Mitzi Auchterlonie. ABC-Clio Inc.; 2000.

In addition to entries on terms and events from the late 19th century to the present day, the authors have included articles on the women's suffrage movement in separate entries on different parts of the world and individual countries (e.g., "Latin America and the Caribbean" and "Egypt"). Organizations and individuals, particularly those who sought to establish international links, are represented. Compelling issues and concepts such as antislavery are also considered. Important texts and manifestos are mentioned. The 132 entries are alphabetically arranged and range from one-half to more than seven pages. Each entry is followed by see-also references and a bibliography. The lengthy and informative introduction includes essential background information on the history of the movement and discusses its relationship to other political, social, and economic changes for women. Numerous black-and-white photos and reproductions of political cartoons, drawings, posters, and lithographs expand on the text. An appendix of Web resources and a chronology of dates when women were granted "full adult suffrage" complete the encyclopedia. A valuable tool that will be especially useful when answering quick reference questions and as a starting point for student research.
Keywords: encyclopedia, international, women’s suffrage

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women's Issues and Knowledge. Kramarae, Chris., and Dale Spender. Routledge; 2000.

Featuring comprehensive global coverage of women's issues and concerns, from violence and sexuality to feminist theory, the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women brings the field into the new millennium. In over 900 signed A-Z entries from US and Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania and the Middle East, the women who pioneered the field from its inception collaborate with the new scholars who are shaping the future of women's studies to create the new standard work for anyone who needs information on women-related subjects. The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women reviews the condition of women around the world, and provides region-by-region articles on issues such as feminist movements, women's education, spirituality, health care systems and more. Subject areas cover the entire range of areas vital to the field of women's studies.
Keywords: encyclopedia, global women’s issues and knowledge, international, Routledge

The Encyclopedia of the American Left (Garland Reference Library of the Social Sciences, 502). Buhle, Mari J., Paul Buhle, and Dan Georgakas. Garland Publish; 1990.

The American Left consists not just of Communists or Socialists. As illustrated in this excellent update of the original 1990 work edited by three academic historians, it contains a rich mix of political, social, and artistic movements. The 650 entries, written by scholars, artists, and activists, cover more than individuals, organizations, and publications, also venturing into such diverse areas as folk music, the disability rights movement, labor, radio, psychology, and fantasy. Entries new to the second edition include "ACT-UP," "jazz," "Leonard Peltier," "Reconstruction," and the "Young Lords Party." These additions cover current events and social and cultural topics. Individual entries run from one paragraph to several pages, and all close with a brief bibliography and cross references. The new edition also contains several minor organizational changes, such as combining the separate name-subject indexes into a single index. Also included is a separate glossary of terms regularly appearing in the work, a brief bibliographic essay, and a broad subject outline of entries.
Keywords: American left, encyclopedia

The Encyclopedia of the Republican Party; The Encyclopedia of the Democratic Party. Thomas, K.G., Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference, 1997.

Includes history, issues & ideology, biographies, conventions, platforms, and elections. 4 volumes.
Keywords: encyclopedia, political party, republican party

The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress. Bacon, Donald C., Roger Davidson H., Morton Keller, eds. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Congressional history, structure, powers, procedures, policies enacted, parties, elections, staffing, relation to other branches, the Capitol, and more. 4 volumes.
Keywords: congress, encyclopedia, legislature, United States

The Oxford Guide to the United States Government. Patrick, John J., Richard, Pious M., and Donald, Ritchie, Donald A., Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Provides biographies of Presidents, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, departments of federal government, issues and concepts, laws and decisions, presidential procedures and practices, congressional procedures, Supreme Court procedures.
Keywords: encyclopedia, guide, government

The Presidency A to Z, a Ready Reference Encyclopedia. Nelson, Michael, ed. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1992.

A comprehensive, ready-reference that provides accessible explanations of the history, processes, and people behind the institution of the presidency. The core of the volume is a set of essays that explain the broader concepts relating to the presidency. Shorter entries define the vocabulary, procedures, and precedents relating to the office. Brief biographies of all presidents and vice presidents are included, along with profiles of several of the most influential first ladies. Includes numerous black and white photographs.
Keywords: encyclopedia, presidency, presidential biography

World Encyclopedia of Cities: North America. Kurian, George T., Santa Barbara; CA: ABC-Clio, 1994.

Kurian, who has edited several statistical and encyclopedic works, presents the first two volumes of a projected six-volume set covering major cities of the world together with a gazetteer. Included here are eight- to 15-page descriptions of 136 cities from all states, the District of Columbia, and eight Canadian provinces. Cities are listed alphabetically, with narrative information obtained from a variety of secondary sources on topical categories like climate, history, landmarks, population, ethnic composition, government, economy, education, health, crime, and religion. Current statistical data, when available, were obtained from standard reference sources listed in the preface and highlighted in boxes under appropriate categories. The full-page maps provided for each city vary from detailed street maps not necessarily corresponding with city boundaries to the illustration of major arteries only, together with surrounding towns. Although selection was based on population and economic/social significance to the region, there is a New England bias. It is odd that New Hampshire and Maine are represented by four and three cities, respectively, while Columbia, South Carolina, and Raleigh, North Carolina (both state capitals with populations equal to or larger than those of the New England cities), are overlooked. In the end, Kurian's work presents about 200 fewer cities than Allan Carpenter's Facts About the Cities ( LJ 8/92), but it gives much more information (especially historical) for similar topical categories. A casual reading will reveal minor inconsistencies about familiar cities, but overall this set provides a convenient assemblage of well-formatted information for travelers, librarians, and researchers.
Keywords: encyclopedia, cities in North America

World Encyclopedia of Parliaments and Legislatures. Kurian, George T., Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers; 1998.

Keywords: encyclopedia, parliaments, world legislatures

World Encyclopedia of Political System and Parties. Delury, George E., Facts on File; 1983.

Keywords: encyclopedia, political system and parties
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