Subtitled A Survey of Democratic Governance, is an annual evaluation of government performance in 60 "strategically important countries." Very useful as an overview of contemporary government and politics in each country, with a focus on areas such as accountability, civil liberties, and corruption.
The U.S. Library of Congress provides these brief summaries (about 20 pages) of countries' historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security. In progress.
Prepared by FCO desk officers, with information on a country's recent history, recent political developments, relations with the international community and bilateral political and commercial relations with the UK.
Detailed articles on the physical geography on 192 countries of the world, plus a number of islands and dependencies. Each article includes the following components: basic geography and geology; mountains and hills; inland waterways; cartoast and islands; climate and vegetation; human population; natural resources; further readings.
Mostly focused on international business information, this handy portal also contains information on countries' governmental systems, history, economies, and more. Most data comes from publicly-available sources, such as the CIA World Factbook and the State Department's Background Notes.
This four-volume set, published in 2006, include biographies and historical surveys on types of political systems (constitutional monarchies, presidential systems, democracies, dictatorships, etc.), as well as entries on the governments of particular countries and on supra-national entities, including the European Union.
Third edition (2010) provides "a brief history and outlines contemporary social, economic, political and religious issues" for each country of the world," as well as information on selected international organizations.
Each of these sites offers overviews of human rights-related issues, including press freedoms, in individual countries. The most significant overviews often are annual reports, but other materials on a country also may be available.
Evaluates about 160 countries against a list of 50 independent variables divided into 10 broad factors of "economic freedom," although the narrative summaries probably are more useful than the numerical ratings.
Annual comparative studies on 29 former Communist states of Europe and Eurasia. As of February 2012, only the most recent volume (2011) is available online, although Freedom House is planning to add older volumes to a new Web site. The W&L library also has printed volumes.
Economic Surveys provide in-depth reviews of OECD Member countries' economies and selected non-Member countries. (Paper
copies are available in Leyburn Library. Check Annie for holdings and availability.)
Published in 2007 (second edition). Separate entries on each of the world's countries, with maps and vital statistics, overviews of the social, economic, and political issues, tables of social and economic indicators such as GNP, life expectancy, and population.
Analyses of factors that could affect business, trade or investments in 130+ countries around the world. Each report covers politics, economic policy, extensive analysis of economic trends and an assessment of the country's financial condition. "Provides a detailed country-by-country breakdown of the comparative risks of operating in, investing or lending to particular countries..."
LexisNexis also offers access to the related PRS Group Political Risk Service.
Respected country-by-country guide to government and politics around the world, covering recent history, current issues, political parties and institutions, and more. Also provides information on about 50 international governmental organizations. W&L has access to the current 2012 edition.
Seventh edition (2009) provides coverage of approximately 2,500 political parties in countries and territory of the world. Entries include recent political history, constitutional framework, recent election results, discussion of the party's history, performance, and influence. The entry on Poland was contributed by Krzysztof Jasiewicz, William P. Ames, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at W&L.
The library also provides access to the
sixth edition (2005).
Online access to the most recent annual edition of this venerable (1864-date), highly-respected compilation of information on the world's countries and institutions.
(W&L Law School subscription)
Leyburn Library also has older printed editions.
Annual overview of strategic developments throughout the world. It has long been the essential one-volume analytical encapsulation of the year's key events in international relations for government policy-makers, journalists, business leaders and other leading think-tanks