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Department of Government
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Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Head of Department
Professor Chandran Kukathas


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


General Enquiries 
Email: Gov.Admin
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 6816
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7955 635


Undergraduate Enquiries
Email: Carla Seesunkur and Nina Pasquali
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7929


Postgraduate Enquiries
Email: Laurence Horstman
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 tragedy of Syria and the nature of civil war
Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in civil war and humanitarian crisis. As unrest continues and international involvement grows, Dr Bill Kissane discusses what makes civil wars such a destructive form of conflict. Civil war has been defined in terms of some basic elements, such as the existence of two sides fighting for control of government in a recognised territory […]

Changing the Centralist Culture
The relationship between central and local government remains a key debate in British politics and public policy. Whilst focus is often on failure at a local level, George Jones writes that change to the centralist culture is necessary and achievable, but only through substantial reform. There is too much centralisation in central-local relationships. The fault lies with central government. Too […]

Advice for new students: graduates and students share their tips
We hope all our new students have enjoyed their first few weeks at LSE. As reading week draws to a close in the Department of Government, we thought it would be the perfect moment to share some tips from Government graduates and current students who we spoke to over the summer. We asked them what advice they would give to new students and how they would describe their LSE experience. […]

Undergraduate internship scheme: what’s it like to work as a research assistant?
In summer 2015, the Department of Government ran a research internship scheme for undergraduates. The programme was an opportunity for BSc students to develop key skills by working with academic faculty on their research. We caught up with research assistant Barnaby Perkes and Dr Denisa Kostovicova to hear more about their collaboration on Denisa’s project Conflict, Identity and Transitional Justice. […]

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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 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 […]

HOTSEAT: Jonathan Hopkin on Catalonia
On the 27 September voters went to the polls in the 2015 Catalonian Parliamentary Election. We sat down with Dr Jonathan Hopkin to discuss the results and the implications for those in the region seeking independence from Spain.   Dr Jonathan Hopkin is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics in the LSE Department of Government. Follow Jonathan on Twitter – @jrhopkin

HOTSEAT: Martin Lodge on the VW emissions ‘scandal’
In September VW admitted to using software which enabled some of their vehicles to cheat US emissions tests. We sat down with Professor Martin Lodge to discuss the situation and its implications in Europe and beyond.   Martin Lodge is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy in the LSE Department of Government. Follow Martin on Twitter – @MartinLodge

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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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