Abdulkader H. Sinno's Academic Website
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Dear Y107 student:
This website provides you with an updated syllabus, course readings,
handouts and PowerPoint slides. Use the ID/password in your syllabus.
The website will be updated throughout the
welcome to email me your thoughts and suggestions.
Office hours: Tuesdays 1-3
pm, WH 323.
Picture: A voter in Namibian elections.
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Syllabus & handouts
only provide outlines. Do not substitute for attending lecture
or doing readings. Slides might be updated/changed before a lecture. Slides with (*)
links for students of comparative politics
World Factbook:This site, maintained by the CIA, contains basic information on the
political institutions, economy, and geography for each of the world's
Department's Background Notes:
These entries provide a fuller treatment of a country's history and
current political and economic situation than the World Fact Book.
However, some entries are a bit dated. This site is the gateway. You need
to select a region and then the specific country.
World Bank: The World Development
Report and many other statistics, economic indicators and research papers.
Area Handbooks:This series, once coordinated by the U.S. Army, is now managed by the
Library of Congress. These handbooks are book-length surveys of politics,
economic, history, and geography. Handbook are currently available for 85
countries around the world.
Governments on the WWW:
This site emphasizes links to official web sites of governments
(ministries, embassies, tourist offices, etc.)
Each year Freedom house ranks the countries of the world on the the extent
of political rights. This web site contains a link to the latest country
Ethnologue: A survey of
languages used around the World
Europa: The European Union's portal. Includes access to the
Eurobarometer public opinion surveys in Europe.
Human Rights Watch: This non-profit organization monitors human rights
violations around the world.
Amnesty International: Amnesty is the
other premier human rights organization.
International Foundation for Electoral Systems: A resource on
OECD: Portal for the Organization
for Economic Cooperation and Development. Contains annual reports
and statistics for the worlds wealthiest nations.
Transparency International: An
organization that tracks corruption worldwide. Annual report.
United Nations Development Program: Includes general and human annual
Links to information on
Comparative politics resources from poly-Cy
Game Theory website (gametheory.net)
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