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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.office@lse.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 6816


Undergraduate Enquiries
Email: Carla Seesunkur
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 6498


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


Research/PhD Enquiries
Email: Nina Pasquali
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7955 7929


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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

'LSE and Brexit' - Info for Students & Staff

Students & staff: if you have concerns about Brexit, please go to the 'LSE and Brexit' page for the latest information.

What can you learn from an undergraduate research internship?
In summer 2016, the Department of Government ran its research internship scheme for undergraduates for the second year. The programme enables BSc students to develop key skills by working with academic faculty on their research. We spoke to BSc student Trishna Kurian and Associate Professor Joachim Wehner about the internship scheme and their work on a project about voting behaviour in South African […]

What’s rational is not always reasonable, there are many reasons to vote
Why vote? We ask Dr Thomas Leeper.   Find out more about the ‘Why Vote?’ project       Dr Thomas Leeper is an Assistant Professor in Political Behaviour in the LSE Department of Government. Follow Thomas on Twitter – @thosjleeper

If we don’t vote we give that power to those who do
Why vote? We ask Professor Anne Phillips.   Find out more about the ‘Why Vote?’ project       Anne Phillips is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government at the LSE.

Populism, Nationalism, and the Elite: A Weekend at Cumberland Lodge
MSc student Rob Macquarie reflects on the Department of Government’s annual visit to Cumberland Lodge from the 28-30 April 2017, with the theme ‘‘The Rise of Populism? Resurgent Nationalism in an Internationalised World’. Whatever one’s position on the political spectrum, it’s undeniable that the past 12 months have been a turbulent time for intellectuals. The debate on contemporary politics has […]

Will Labour’s ‘six tests’ hold the government to account on the UK’s Brexit deal?
With Article 50 triggered, Kate Alexander Shaw analyses the Labour Party’s ‘six tests for Brexit’, arguing that they may let the government off the hook rather than holding them to account over the UK’s final EU deal. The negotiations begin So the Brexit negotiation begins, and battle lines are being drawn for the coming two years. To that end, the […]

Inequality in Mexico and How to Address It
MSc student Erica Belcher provides an overview of the LSE Mexico Week 2017 launch event on ‘Inequality in Mexico and How to Address It’, which took place on Monday 6 March. Listen to the podcast recording. Income inequality is no new news for Mexico. In fact, the words of Alexander von Humboldt (1811) ring as true today as they did […]

Watch the latest videos in our 'HotSeat' series

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

HOTSEAT: Thomas Leeper on Trump’s Inauguration & the Start of His Presidency
Thomas Leeper discusses Donald Trump’s inauguration and what it tells us about the policy and approach we can expect from his presidency.   Dr Thomas Leeper is an Assistant Professor in Political Behaviour in the LSE Department of Government. Follow Thomas on Twitter – @thosjleeper

HOTSEAT: Tony Travers on 2016, An Eventful Year In Politics
Professor Tony Travers discusses the key political events of 2016, an unprecedented year in politics which saw the UK vote for Brexit and Donald Trump elected US President.   Tony Travers is a Visiting Professor in the LSE Department of Government and Director of LSE London, a research centre at the London School of Economics.

HOTSEAT: Alexandra Cirone on Post-Truth Politics
What is ‘Post-Truth’? Alexandra Cirone discusses the latest political buzzword and what it really means for politics in 2016 and beyond.   Alexandra Cirone is a Research Fellow in the LSE Department of Government. Follow Alexandra on Twitter – @AliCirone

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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