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Political Science

This guide provides information about online sources for political science research.


Council of State Governments

" CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy."

The Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference

"CSG/ERC promotes region-wide initiatives, facilitates inter-branch cooperation, advocates on state-federal issues, and educates policymakers and the public on regional priorities and trends."

Northeast-Midwest Institute

The Northeast-Midwest Institute publishes studies on a variety of public policy issues as they pertain to the Northeast-Midwest region. Of particular interest are their reports dealing with the region's allocation of federal spending.

Pew Center on the States

Conducts research on policy issues of interest to state governments. Look under "Topics" and "Initiatives" for research reports. Also operates Stateline.Org and excellent source for keeping abreast of current state policy issues.

Rockefeller Institute of Government

Founded in 1982, the Rockefeller Institute focuses on state and local issues with a particular emphasis on public finance. It is affiliated with the State University of New York(SUNY).

State and Local Government on the Net

This Internet directory provides links to state and local government web sites. The basic arrangement is by state. However, the user may also browse for web sites dealing with particular issues such as "health", "libraries" or "aging".

Provides news and background information on issues of interest to state and local governments and policymakers.


Current Governors

Biographical information regarding each governor and links to their web sites, maintained by the National Governors Association.

National Governors Association

Includes the text of NGA policy positions, reports, stance on proposed legislation, and much more about the association and its activities.

New York State Governor

Official web site of the NYS Governor.

State Legislatures

National Conference of State Legislatures

News and research pertaining to the activities of state legislatures.

State Legislatures Internet Links

Constructed by the National Conference of State Legislatures, this site provides not only links to the legislative bodies of each state but also supplementary information , such as program evaluations, which may be found at their respective web sites.

The New York State Legislative Process: an evaluation and blueprint for reform

2004 Brennan Center for Justice report. For updates to their reform efforts see NY Reform.

New York State Assembly

Information on members, bills, and legislative reports.

New York State Senate

Information on members, bills, and legislative reports.

Open States

A Sunlight Foundation site providing information on state legislators (including campaign finance information) and legislation.

State Judiciary

National Center for State Courts

Tne NCSC is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1971. Among other activities, it conducts research and makes policy recommendations regarding all aspects of state courts functions.

State Court Web Sites

Includes links to state and local courts.

New York State Office of Court Administraation

Information on the court system and some cases.