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Department of Government
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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 and Nina Pasquali
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7929


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


Research/PhD Enquiries
Email: Raymond Lee
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7955 7251


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Students & staff: if you have concerns following the EU Referendum result, please read the LSE EU Referendum Q&A for the latest information.

Brian Klaas on the Global Crisis of Democracy
Department of Government MSc Conflict Studies student Anan Khatib reflects on the recent public lecture by Dr Brian Klaas, who discussed his new book ‘The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy’,  at LSE on Thursday 13 October . When the Berlin Wall came tumbling down, signalling the end of the Cold War, it seemed as […]

Bill Kissane Interviews Fatma Müge Göçek for H-Nationalism
Bill Kissane speaks to Turkish academic Fatma Müge Göçek in a recent, in-depth interview for H-Nationalism. I first encountered Professor Fatma Müge Göçek at a conference held by the LSE Turkish Studies programme on March 17 2016. The conference theme was ‘Interrogating the Post-Ottoman’ and the day was devoted to the comparative study of that part of the world – […]

Catherine Boone wins 2016 Luebbert Book Award for ‘Property and Political Order in Africa’
Professor Catherine Boone’s latest book, ‘Property and Political Order in Africa,’ has won the American Political Science Association’s ‘Gregory Luebbert Book Award’ for the best book in Comparative Politics published in the last two years. She tells us about the book and her ongoing research. Catherine Boone has won ‘The 2016 Luebbert Book Award’ for her latest book ‘Property and […]

In memory of Adhil Bakeer Markar
It is with profound sadness that we relate the death of Adhil Bakeer Markar, who was studying for a Masters in Comparative Politics here in the Department of Government at LSE. Adhil joined the Department from Sri Lanka in September 2016 and was studying on a prestigious Chevening Scholarship. He was the son of Sri Lankan politician Imtiaz Bakeer Markar, who […]

BOOKS: Brian Klaas Introduces ‘The Despot’s Accomplice’
Brian Klaas discusses his new book ‘The Despot’s Accomplice – How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy’. Event Media Listen to the full podcast of the The Despot’s Accomplice’ book launch, which was part of our LSE Government events programme.   ‘The Despot’s Accomplice – How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy’ is […]

How do you write a Dissertation? Advice from a graduate
LSE Government graduate Jack Winterton, former LSE UPR Editor, Winner of the 2016 Department of Government Dissertation Prize and LSE LIFE Student Adviser, shares his reflections on writing a third year undergraduate research paper. The research process is hugely rewarding but writing a dissertation can be a rather daunting prospect as you try and take your first steps at the […]

Watch the latest videos in our 'HotSeat' series

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

HOTSEAT: Simon Hix on the EU Referendum Result & the Implications of Brexit
As the political fallout from the EU Referendum continues to grip the UK, Simon Hix discusses the implications of the result and what Brexit might mean for Britain and Europe.   Simon Hix is Harold Laski Professor in Political Science in the Department of Government and Senior Fellow on the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe programme. Follow Simon on Twitter […]

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 […]

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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