Have you ever wondered what would it take to rebuild a working government and re-establish society as we know it if our world was plunged into an apocalyptic event such as those depicted in popular TV, film, and literature  such as The Walking Dead, Falling Skies, Revolution, Defiance, The Shape of Things to Come, The Stand, etc.?  In each of those scenarios, the population has been decimated and the government dismantled.  How would we go about reassembling a modern system of government?  These political philosophy works, landmark documents and government guide books are great starting points!

Political Philosophy

The Prince
The Prince
Composed in exile and published posthumously, The Prince is Niccolò Machiavelli’s legacy and the foundation of modern political theory….Access eBook.
The Road to Serfdom : Text and Documents: The Definitive Edition
The Road to Serfdom : Text and Documents: The Definitive Edition
A classic work in political philosophy, intellectual history and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians and scholars for half a century….Access eBook.
The Politics of Aristotle : A Treatise on Government
The Politics of Aristotle : A Treatise on Government
The Politics of Aristotle is the second part of a treatise of which the Ethics is the first part. It looks back to the Ethics as the Ethics looks forward to the Politics….Access eBook.
Common Sense and Selected Works of Thomas Paine
Common Sense and Selected Works of Thomas Paine
The three works included, Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason, are among his most famous publications…Access eBook.

 

Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws
Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws
The Spirit of the Laws is without question one of the central texts in the history of eighteenth-century thought, yet there has been no complete scholarly English language edition since 1750….Access Print.
Two Cheers for Anarchism : Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play
Two Cheers for Anarchism : Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play
Inspired by the core anarchist faith in the possibilities of voluntary cooperation without hierarchy, Two Cheers for Anarchism is an engaging, high-spirited, and often very funny defense of an anarchist way of seeing….Access eBook.
Fundamental Principles of Metaphysics of Morals
Fundamental Principles of Metaphysics of Morals
Kant’s Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals is one of the most important works in modern moral philosophy….Access eBook.
 

Landmark Documents

Magna Carta
Magna Carta
With the advent of Magna Carta, royal power fell under written secular law and individual liberties were codified. Representative government, common law, and key trial rights such as habeas corpus grew out of these landmark documents…Access eBook.
The Federalist Papers
The Federalist Papers
The Federalist Papers, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, brilliantly defend what was in their day a revolutionary charter–the constitution of the United States. The Federalist Papers explain the complexities of a constitutional government–its political structure and principles based on the inherent rights of man…Access Print | eBook.
Blackstone’s Commentaries, 1st Edition
Blackstone’s Commentaries, 1st Edition
Blackstone’s Commentaries, 1765-1769, is well-regarded as one of the most influential works in the development of the American legal system….Request from Reference
Foundation of Freedom
Foundation of Freedom
Collection includes Common Sense by Thomas Paine, The declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, The Federalist Papers, & The U.S. Contitution…Access eBook.

 

 

Guide Books and Analysis

How Our Laws Are Made
How Our Laws Are Made
This brief guide, published at the request of Congress, provides a basic outline of how laws are made in Congress…..Request from Reference.
U.S. Constitution A to Z
U.S. Constitution A to Z
There is no other volume that so clearly and concisely explains every key aspect of the U.S. Constitution. This classic, easy-to-use reference is thoroughly updated with new entries covering the events of recent years including court cases with impact on Constitutional rights….Access eBook.
Our American Government
Our American Government
A brief introductory guide to our heritage of democracy in question-and-answer format by the Committee on House Administration….Request from Reference.
The Judicial Branch of the Federal Government : Purpose, Process, and People
The Judicial Branch of the Federal Government : Purpose, Process, and People
The Judicial Branch of the Federal Government is one title of this thought-provoking series that provides an exciting look into the three branches of the world’s leading democratic government. Primary source documents and interpretations introduce readers to leaders, ideas, and legal principles at work. Access eBook.
Robert's Rules of Order
Robert's Rules of Order
Robert’s Rules of Order is the book on parliamentary procedure for parliamentarians and anyone involved in an organization, association, club, or group and the authoritative guide to smooth, orderly, and fairly conducted meetings and assemblies…..Access Print .
United States Government Manual 2014 : The Official Handbook of the Federal Government
United States Government Manual 2014 : The Official Handbook of the Federal Government
This manual provides up-to-date information about the activities of federal agencies. You’ll find information on the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, a list federal acronyms, and more…..Access Print | eBook.
American Constitutional Law : The Structure of Government
American Constitutional Law : The Structure of Government
A comprehensive account of the nation’s defining document. This text puts current events in terms of what those who initially drafted and ratified the Constitution sought to accomplish….Access eBook.
Tribe's American Constitutional Law
Tribe's American Constitutional Law
This textbook focuses on the Constitution’s provisions for government structure and on how constitutional structure helps guarantee protection of substantive rights and liberties.…Access Print.

 

Alternative Systems of Government

The Guild State : Its Principles and Possibilities
The Guild State : Its Principles and Possibilities
The medieval guild is deconstructed into political theory and social commentary in this contemporary look at one of the most important social institutions of the Middle Ages. Essential principles and values underlying the guild system are discussed ….Access eBook.
Canada's Constitutional Monarchy : An Introduction to Our Form of Government
Canada's Constitutional Monarchy : An Introduction to Our Form of Government
Canadians enjoy one of the most stable forms of government on the planet, but there is a crisis in our understanding of the role the Crown plays in that government. …Access eBook.
Bills of Rights in Australia : History, Politics and Law
Bills of Rights in Australia : History, Politics and Law
This book details the background and history of human rights and the influence of these ideas in Australian politics. It focuses on the history and impact of legislative bills of rights in the ACT and Victoria and the lessons to be learned for the national debate…Access eBook..
Parliament and the Law
Parliament and the Law
This book provides a wide-ranging overview of the ways in which the law applies to Parliament and considers how recent changes to our constitutional arrangements (in particular the Human Rights Act, the establishment of a Supreme Court and increasing devolution) have impacted on Parliament as an institution. Access eBook.