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Head of Department
Professor Chandran Kukathas


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


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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


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Email: Martin Rogers
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 6060



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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

Immigration and the EU Referendum: claims from both campaigns require deeper analysis
Laura Robbins-Wright examines how immigration emerged as one of the key issues in the EU Referendum debate and argues that some of the claims from both the Leave and Remain campaigns don’t stand up to scrutiny. A longstanding issue of public concern This week, Britons finally have the chance to vote on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member […]

BOOKS: Leigh Jenco Introduces ‘Changing Referents’
Leigh Jenco talks about her new book ‘Changing Referents – Learning Across Space and Time in China and The West,’ published by Oxford University Press.   ‘Changing Referents – Learning Across Space and Time in China and The West’ is available now from Oxford University Press.             Leigh Jenco is Associate Professor of Political Theory […]

How does the EU actually work?
As the UK referendum on EU membership draws closer, final year BSc Government student Tim Rogers outlines the institutions that make up the European Union, and argues that without a basic understanding of how the EU makes laws, it is difficult to make a reasoned judgement about the democratic quality of its practices. Ahead of the upcoming referendum in the […]

All humans are equal: watch Anne Phillips’ TEDx talk
Anne Phillips argues that we need a shift in how we think of equality in this talk filmed at TEDxCourtauldInstitute’s ‘Utopia – Breaking the Rules‘ conference in March.   The notion that all humans are equal is the defining idea of our age. Yet, it is an idea we do not live up to. People are excluded and discriminated against […]

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Brian Barry Memorial Lecture 2016: ‘On Exchange’

Join us on 6 June for the annual Brian Barry Memorial Lecture, with this year’s speaker Professor Geoffrey Brennan.

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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 Local Elections, London’s New Mayor & the EU Referendum
Tony Travers discusses the implications of the Local Election results, Sadiq Khan’s victory in the London Mayoral Election and the shape of the UK’s political landscape as the EU Referendum approaches.   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 […]

HOTSEAT: Simon Hix on the EU Referendum
As the EU Referendum takes centre stage following the 5 May Elections, Simon Hix discusses the key factors and possible outcomes of this ‘once in a generation’ vote on 23 June.   For the latest analysis of 2016’s electoral contests, go to UK Elections 2016 on GovBlog.   Simon Hix is Harold Laski Professor in Political Science in the Department of Government and […]

HOTSEAT: Tony Travers on May 2016 UK Election Results
On the morning after voters went to the polls across the UK, Martin Rogers speaks to Tony Travers to discuss the picture emerging from the 5 May Election results.   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 […]

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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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