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The Governance Project is dedicated to deepening our understanding of the root causes of the seismic shifts in many political systems in both developed and emerging economies and to designing and testing responses that can help revitalize democracy and foster institutional transformation.

The Governance Project currently has two subprojects:

  1. Arena  analyses and tests effective counter-strategies to the problems of disinformation, polarisation and hate speech. Further information here.
  2. The Who Owns What project, joint with the UK government and the two NGOs Global Witness and Open Corporates, draws on a new publicly available dataset to analyse critical elements of transparency in corporate and political governance. Further information here.

Within the overall Governance Project, we will explore links between the two governance projects, e.g., demonstrating ownership links between media holdings and other business interests in specific countries undergoing transformation.

Anne Applebaum

LSE IGA Professor in Practice  Anne Applebaum on  CNN on Donald Trump’s speech in Warsaw and his emphasis of the importance of protecting western values from oppression.

Anne Applebaum
IGA Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum speaks to BBC World at the Intelligence Squared Debate about how Donald Trump has not kept any of the legislative promises that he made for his first 100 days. Watch the video here.
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A visit to to a secret performance in an illegal theatre in Europe's 'last dictatorship': and what it tells us about the politics and latest protests.
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Do you who want to learn how to play the modern media like Putin or Trump? Just follow these simple guidelines and you too can make it as a 21st century post-fact populist. 
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Belarus is nicknamed the 'Last Dictatorship in Europe', but rather than being a Soviet relic it is a very modern authoritarian model which uses nostalgia in strikingly contemporary ways. Read more about it here
Peter Pomerantsev

“Is Donald Trump a postmodern president?” In this opinion piece as part of Newsnight, journalist, writer and IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Peter Pomerantsev argues that President Trump and President Putin share a disdain for facts - and that this is part of their appeal.

Anne Applebaum

IGA Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum talks to the Washington Post about the real story in the Netherlands being the implosion of the centre-left. Read the full article here.

LSE IGA hosted a high calibre panel on Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution on February 20 as part of the ongoing LSE Literary Festival with Anne Applebaum/LSE, Olena Bilan/CE, Dragon Capital,Mustafa Nayeem/MP, Ukraine, and Vladyslav Rashkovan/former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Ukraine.  You can listen to the podcast here and find a full summary here.
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Pomeranzev, P., February 2017, ‘Wolves in Nationalist clothing’Politico.
Anne Applebaum
IGA Visiting Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum in the FT on Europe needing a new defense pact and Britain potentially leading it. Read the full article here.
Anne Applebaum
IGA Visiting Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum spoke to Channel 4 News on the upcoming launch of an exciting new project with the London School of Economics, which will investigate the spreading of untrue information. Watch the video here.
Anne Applebaum
IGA Professor in Practice, journalist and prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum  spoke to the Washington Post on the idea of a ‘global’ Britain in the context of Brexit and the newly developing U.K.-U.S. ‘special relationship’. Read the full article here.
Anne Applebaum
IGA Professor in Practice, journalist and prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum spoke to Spiegel on what the rise of Donald Trump means for Europe, what the future holds for NATO and whether democracy can survive the rise of right-wing populism.Read the full article here.