BISAC Subject Headings List

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Use economic-oriented subjects in this section for works discussing economic policy.  For works discussing economics from a theoretical or historical viewpoint, use economic-oriented subjects in the BUSINESS & ECONOMICS section.

Multiple subjects in this and other sections may be used to describe a work fully: for example, a book about the 2020 U.S. presidential election could be assigned "POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Campaigns & Elections" and "HISTORY / United States / 21st Century".

Use "POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare" for works dealing with government administration of social programs and use "SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Work" for works of an instructional, theoretical, or historical nature.


POL040000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / General

POL040010   POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / Executive Branch

POL040030   POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / Judicial Branch

POL006000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / Legislative Branch

POL040040   POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / Local

POL030000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / National

POL020000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / State

POL039000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Censorship

POL003000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship

POL004000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil Rights

POL045000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism

POL046000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Commentary & Opinion

POL009000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics

                     POLITICAL SCIENCE / Congress see American Government / Legislative Branch

POL022000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Constitutions

POL064000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Corruption & Misconduct


                     POLITICAL SCIENCE / Federal Government see American Government / National or headings under World

POL061000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Genocide & War Crimes

POL062000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Geopolitics

POL033000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization

POL010000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory

POL035010   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights

POL047000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Imperialism

POL074000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Indigenous / General *

POL074010   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Indigenous / Governance & Sovereignty *

POL074020   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Indigenous / Reconciliation *

POL074030   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Indigenous / Treaties & Agreements *

POL075000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island *

POL036000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intelligence & Espionage

POL048000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intergovernmental Organizations

POL011000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General

POL001000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Arms Control

POL011010   POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy

POL011020   POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Trade & Tariffs

POL021000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties

POL013000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations

POL014000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Law Enforcement

POL076000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Native American *

POL041000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)


POL023000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Economy

POL035000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom

POL042000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General

POL042010   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Anarchism

POL042060   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Capitalism

POL005000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism

POL042020   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism

POL007000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy

POL042030   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism

POL042050   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Libertarianism

POL031000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism & Patriotism

                     POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Racism see SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination

POL042040   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Radicalism

POL016000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General

POL008000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Campaigns & Elections

POL065000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Media & Internet

POL043000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Advocacy

POL015000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties

                     POLITICAL SCIENCE / Practical Politics see headings under Political Process

POL066000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance (see also SOCIAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance)

POL049000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Propaganda

POL017000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration

POL071000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Opinion Polling

POL028000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General

POL067000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Agriculture & Food Policy (see also SOCIAL SCIENCE / Agriculture & Food)

POL002000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development

                     POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Commercial Policy see BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Commercial Policy

POL050000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Communication Policy

POL038000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy

POL024000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy

                     POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Education see headings under EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform

POL068000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Energy Policy

POL044000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy

POL077000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Gun & Firearm Policy *

POL073000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Health Care

POL070000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Immigration

POL069000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Military Policy

POL026000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning

POL063000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Science & Technology Policy

POL029000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy

POL027000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Security

POL019000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare

POL018000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Reference

POL072000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Religion, Politics & State

POL012000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Security (National & International)

                    POLITICAL SCIENCE / State & Local Government see American Government / Local or American Government / State

POL037000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism


POL052000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / Women in Politics

POL040020   POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / General

POL053000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / African

POL054000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Asian

POL055000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Australian & Oceanian

POL056000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Canadian

POL057000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Caribbean & Latin American

POL058000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European

POL059000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern

POL060000   POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Russian & Soviet

If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

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