BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
J Society and social sciences
JP Politics and government
JPA Political science and theory
JPB Comparative politics
JPF Political ideologies
JPH Political structure and processes
JPL Political parties
JPP Public administration
See also: KNV “Civil service and public sector”
JPQ Central government
Class here: national and federal government
JPR Regional government
Class here: local, provincial and State government
JPS International relations
JPV Political control and freedoms
JPW Political activism
JPZ Political corruption

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