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Department of Government
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Head of Department
Professor Chandran Kukathas


Department Manager
Shelly Brindley
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 6751


General Enquiries 
Email: Gov.Admin
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 6816


Undergraduate Enquiries
Email: Carla Seesunkur and Nina Pasquali
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7929


Postgraduate Enquiries
Email: Mark Bryceland
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 6300


Research/PhD Enquiries
Email: Imogen Withers
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7748


British Government @ LSE
Email: Martin Rogers
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 6498



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Welcome to the Department of Government, one of the largest political science departments in the UK. Our activities cover a comprehensive range of approaches to the study of politics. Find out more

Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough: Can UKIP advance?
As voters go to the polls for the Sheffield, Brightside & Hillsborough by-election on the 5 May, Martin Rogers suggests that it the performance of The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) which is of greatest interest. The by-election for the Parliamentary seat of Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough by-election will be held on the 5 May to coincide with the Local Elections in […]

Book Launch- Changing Referents: Learning Across Space and Time in China and the West
With Dr Leigh Jenco Associate Professor in Political Theory Department of Government, LSE L.K.Jenco@lse.ac.uk Featuring commentary by: William Callahan (LSE), Charles Tripp (SOAS) and Robbie Shilliam (QMUL) Thursday, 28 April 2016, 4-6pm London School of Economics, Parish Hall (Light refreshments to be served) Globalization has brought together otherwise disparate communities with distinctive and often conflicting ways of viewing the world.  Yet even […]

London 2016: What factors will decide who becomes the new Mayor?
In advance of the 5 May elections for the office of London Mayor and the London Assembly, Tony Travers and Martin Rogers analyse the issues which may influence the outcome, how demographic change may affect the result and which Assembly constituencies may change hands.   The London Mayoral race is among the highest-profile contests of the May 2016 elections.  The Labour […]

Cumberland Lodge: a weekend of lectures & discussion for students, academics and policy makers
Every year the LSE Department of Government organises a weekend of lectures and discussion at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor. This gives our students the chance to engage with senior academics and policy makers in a relaxed environment. We spoke to organisor Professor Mark Thatcher and students at the 2015 event to find out more about the Cumberland Lodge experience. The theme […]

Department news

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TransCrisis project launched

The Horizon2020 funded project is hosted by LSE’s Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation and is centrally concerned with the management of transboundary crisis in the context of the European Union.

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Dr Denisa Kostovicova awarded funding

Dr Kostovicova has been awarded a Research Fellowship for 2015-16 by the Leverhulme Trust. She will look at ‘Reconciliation Within and Across Divided Societies: evidence from the Balkans’; using her knowledge of Balkan languages, and building on her work on civil society in post-conflict contexts, to study the RECOM process in the region.

Find out more about Dr Kostovicova's work

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Bill Kissane Interviews Umut Özkirimli

Professor Umut Özkirimli is Professor of Political Science at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Lund. Dr Bill Kissane asks him about his Turkish roots and how they have informed his research and thinking on nationalism.

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Watch the latest videos in our 'HotSeat' series

Our departmental experts discuss key topics in politics and current affairs.

HOTSEAT: Tony Travers on UK Elections 2016
Professor Tony Travers analyses the range of UK Elections 2016; from Local, Sub-National, Mayoral and Police & Crime Commissioner Elections in May, to the EU Referendum on 23 June.   For the latest analysis of 2016’s electoral contests, go to UK Elections 2016 on GovBlog.   Tony Travers is a Visiting Professor in the LSE Department of Government and Director of LSE London, […]

HOTSEAT: Kate Alexander Shaw on Budget 2016
Kate Alexander Shaw gives her verdict Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget 2016.   Kate Alexander Shaw is a PhD candidate at the LSE Department of Government and former Treasury official. Follow Kate on Twitter – @KAlexanderShaw

HOTSEAT: Jill Stuart on METI & Space Politics
Dr Jill Stuart, Editor-in-chief of Space Policy and Trustee of METI International, discusses METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and the political implications of space mining and commercial space travel.   Dr Jill Stuart is a visiting fellow in the LSE Department of Government, Editor-in-chief of Space Policy and Trustee of METI International. Follow Jill on Twitter – @DrJillStuart     METI International […]

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Business Politics in the Middle East

Edited by: Steffen Hertog, Giacomo Luciani and Marc Valeri

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Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans

Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans

Edited by: Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, James Ker-Lindsay and Denisa Kostovicova

This book examines the ambiguous role played by civil society in state-building, democratisation and post-conflict reconstruction in the Western Balkans.

Growing The Productivity Of Government Services

Growing The Productivity Of Government Services
Authors: Patrick Dunleavy and Leandro Carrera

Growing the Productivity of Government Services offers essential analysis and guidance on how to improve organizational productivity consistently over time, providing the first in-depth empirical treatment of the organizational productivity of unique national government agencies.

Dispatch Box is the termly newsletter of the Department of Government. Here you can read topical articles penned by our research and teaching staff, as well as a mixture of staff and student news, appointments, publications and achievements.

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