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Head of Department
Professor Chandran Kukathas


Departmental Manager:
Email: Dr Nicole Boyce
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7204   


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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 7849 4970


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

The one thing in Saudi Arabia that works well is under threat
Saudi Arabia has recently hinted that it is considering selling shares in state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco, widely seen as the backbone of the Kingdom’s economic power. Dr Steffen Hertog says this reflects a fundamental shift towards more ‘daring’ policy-making and Saudi Arabia’s rulers will have to carefully shape any potential IPO. Ask almost any Saudi citizen which institution works best in […]

Opening hustings promises an engaging London Mayoral contest
On Thursday 28 January, the LSE hosted the first hustings event of London’s 2016 Mayoral election. Third year LSE Department of Government undergraduate Barnaby Perkes assesses the debate as Sian Berry, Zac Goldsmith, Sadiq Khan, Caroline Pidgeon and Peter Whittle lock horns over the key issues facing the capital. As the candidates walked on stage to a packed Sheikh Zayed lecture […]

How did social media help Corbyn win the Labour leadership?
On 12 September 2015 Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader, a result which would’ve been dismissed as mere fantasy in the days after the general election four months earlier. Rosa Prince – who speaks about her new book, Comrade Corbyn, at the LSE on February 3 – explains why her subject is no accidental leader. An accidental leader? When Jeremy Corbyn […]

RESEARCH IMPACT: Ensuring fair and humane asylum policies in the EU
Dr Eiko Thielemann has carried out extensive research into asylum policies in the EU. A new film, produced as part of an LSE ‘Research Impact’ case study, examines how his research has informed policymakers tackling the issue of fair distribution of refugees. Migration has become one of the biggest issues in European politics. The summer of 2015 bought this in […]

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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 the Oldham By-election
Thursday’s Oldham West and Royton by-election was the first electoral test of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership, which came under even further scrutiny in the wake of events surrounding this week’s parliamentary vote on Syria. Professor Tony Travers discusses Jim McMahon’s victory for Labour, its implications for the party and its leader, and what the result means for UKIP.   Tony Travers is a Visiting Professor […]

HOTSEAT: Kate Alexander Shaw on the Autumn Statement 2015
Since presenting his Budget in July, George Osborne has faced significant challenges to some of his spending policies, particularly the widespread opposition to his plans to cut tax credits. Kate Alexander Shaw gives her verdict on the latest proposals announced in his Autumn Statement and their political and practical implications.   Kate Alexander Shaw is a PhD candidate at the LSE Department of […]

HOTSEAT: Tony Travers on party conference season and the London mayoral race
In the wake of May’s general election, the 2015 party conference season has seen the Conservatives consolidate their plans for the next five years of majority rule whilst opposition parties set out their stall to mount a challenge in the 2020 contest. We sat down with Professor Tony Travers to discuss the key talking points from the conferences, as well as the race to […]

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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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