Resources, Useful Links, and Data Sources
Political Science / Sociology 497
Professors Frank Baumgartner and John McCarthy
The Pennsylvania State University, Spring 2004
This page has links and resources for our Social Movements and Public Policy Class.
Click here to see the syllabus.
Click on the links below to see some final presentations by students who took
our course in 2002-03. This can give you an idea of feasible project ideas.
Click on the links below for class assignments and instructions.
Click on the links below for readings that are not available in JSTOR.
- Assignment 1 relating to the
New York Times, due in week 3.
- Assignment 3 relating to Associations
Unlimited, due in week 5.
- (Note: Other assignments are self-explanatory.)
Click on the links below to access your readings or various reseach tools you'll need
during the semester.
- Baumgartner and Jones, Chapter 2, Studying
Policy Dynamics, and the Tables
that go with that chapter, for Week 3
- McCarthy and Johnson, The Sequencing
of Transnational and National Social Movement Mobilization, for Week 4.
- Leech, Baumgartner, LaPira and Semanko,
Drawing Lobbyists to Washington, for Week 8.
- Baumgartner and Mahoney, Social
Movements, the Rise of New Issues, and the Public Agenda, for Week 8.
Go to the PSU Libraries' E-Resource
Page, through LIAS.
- The Policy Agendas Project (Frank R.
Baumgartner and Bryan D. Jones, Co-Directors)
- The Policy Advocacy Project (Baumgartner,
Berry, Hojnacki, Kimball, and Leech, Co-Directors)
- Link directly to the Library of Congress page,
with resources concerning current and past legislation, hearings, bills, and congressional
- Choose "Associations Unlimited" from the list of electronic resources. Use this to
do searches on the number of associations active in different policy areas.
- Choose "New York Times Historical (1851-1999)" from the list to search for the full
text of all articles in the New York Times by topic. Use this to search for media
coverage of your public policy issue.
- Choose "JSTOR" to access the full text of any academic journal article published
in political science, sociology, or other journals. Most of the articles on the syllabus
are available here. You can also link directly to
JSTOR if using an on-campus computer.