Politics & IR subject guide



Online subject resources

Most of the resources below are freely available on the internet. In addition, the Library subscribes to a vast range of online resources: see other pages within this guide for subscription e-books, bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Collections of resources for politics and international relations

UK resources

  • British Political Speech Archive: lists all major speeches for Conservative, Labour and Liberal/Liberal Democrat Party leaders from 1895 onwards. Where possible transcripts are available. The site offers guidance on studying political rhetoric.
  • Directgov (UK)
  • Public Information Online (click Login through your Home Organisation (under Shibboleth, right column), type "Kent" in the search box and choose University of Kent, then login with your Kent IT account details): full-text, searchable source of all UK Parliamentary publications from the 2006/7 session onwards
  • UK parliament
  • U.K. Parliamentary Papers (formerly House of Commons Parliamentary Papers): we have access to the following collections: 18th century (1688-1834), 19th century (1801-1900), 20th century (1901-2003/04 session)
  • CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet): information and source material on 'the Troubles' and politics in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present, as well as information on Northern Ireland society

European resources

US resources

International organisations


Data and reference resources

  • UK Data Service: includes data from British government surveys, the Data Archive, Census Programme, Secure Data Service, the Institute for Social & Economic Research, IMF, OECD and much more
  • Armed Conflict International Database (from the International Institute for Strategic Studies): information on armed conflicts worldwide
  • Chatham House Online Archive: publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the independent international affairs policy institute, from 1920
  • International Historical Statistics (1750-2010) (from Palgrave Macmillan): statistics collection providing key economic and social indicators for the last 260 years
  • OECD iLibrary: OECD's Online Library for books, papers and statistics and the gateway to OECD's analysis and data; does not include access to the IEA statistical series
  • Oxford Historical Treaties: key resource for historical treaty research. Includes full text of The Consolidated Treaty Series, a comprehensive collection of treaties of all nations from 1648-1919
  • World Competitiveness Yearbook Online: comprehensive database on the competitiveness of nations; world competitiveness is a field of economic theory, which analyses the policies and factors that contribute towards the successful and sustainable prosperity of nations and enterprises

Working papers

Miscellaneous resources

  • BoB - On Demand TV and Radio for Education (formerly Box of Broadcasts): allows you to view and record a vast number of TV and radio programmes, including films. To sign in, choose University of Kent from the list. You need to register the first time you use the service
  • Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966: papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices, covering the modern period of European colonisation of the African continent from the British Government's perspective
  • Electronic Enlightenment: searchable correspondence of 18th century thinkers and writers
  • Empire Online: primary and secondary materials for the study of 'Empire' and its theories, practices and consequences, covering the last 500 years.
  • ENDS Report: environmental intelligence for professionals, delivering news, analysis and reference across the carbon, environmental and sustainability agenda
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports: covers the period 1974-1996 in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe. It includes transcripts of broadcasts and news from around the world all translated into English
  • ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research): provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community
  • World Constitutions Illustrated: information about the constitutional and political development of every country in the world, including the current constitution for every country, plus constitutional periodicals, more than 800 classic books, links to scholarly articles and online resources, and bibliographic references. Also contains British and Foreign State Papers 1812-1968.


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Last Updated: 11/05/2018