Purpose of Collection: The Political Science collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Political Science is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the Faculty of Public Affairs. As such, the collection also provides support for, and draws from teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Public Policy and Administration, International Affairs, Philosophy, History, Human Rights, Economics, EURUS.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our subject guides for Political Science, Political Economy, Political management

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Political theory, philosophy and thought from classical to modern times including Western and non-Western traditions and feminist theory.
  • Canadian government and politics including Canadian federalism; the Constitution; provincial and territorial politics; political parties, local government; indigenous politics; gender and the state; elections and voting behaviour.
  • International relations including foreign policy analysis; global governance and multilateral organizations and institutions; global political economy; international development; international political sociology; conflict and conflict resolution; strategic and defence studies; gender and international relations; international law.
  • Public affairs and policy analysis including Canadian and comparative public sector reform; public policy, public opinion and public belief systems; methods for quantitative analysis and evaluation; gender, class, race and sexual diversity in public policy and administration; socio-technical change and policy design political communication, political persuasion and social marketing; domestic security policy and management; environmental policy.
  • Comparative government and politics including the state and civil society; political governance and institutions; development; social movements; nationalism, citizenship, race and ethnicity; political behaviour; gender and politics; political economy.
  • North America (US politics)
  • Mexico (economic relations with US and Canada)
  • South America (political economy and development)

Selection Guidelines


All periods are considered.




English language works are the primary focus of the collection. Works in other languages may be acquired through faculty and student requests.

Types of Material

Books, journals, films, government documents, dissertations/theses, textbooks.


Pamphlets, working papers, popular material.

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