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London School of Economics
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London WC2A 2AE


Head of Department
Professor Simon Hix| FBA


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


General Enquiries 
Email: Gov.Admin
|Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7929
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7955 635


Undergraduate Enquiries
Email: Shelly Brindley|
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7909


Postgraduate Enquiries
Email: Maria Rolo|
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7908


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.
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Public Policy Group joint 2nd in global university think tank rankings|

The Department of Government’s Public Policy Group has been named joint second in a survey assessing the best university think tanks in the world, along with LSE IDEAS.

This is the second year that the Public Policy Group has featured in the rankings, compiled by the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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GV311 (2014/15) Week 11: The judiciary, the courts and justice|

Released on: 22 January 2015

Contributor(s): Professor Conor Gearty

Judges, the court system and wider justice arrangements are a major element in the British constitutional arrangements. European institutions also have a role. This lecture will consider the institutions concerned, recent reform and the range of views about possible future change.

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“Oil prices: eventually the Gulf states will run out of power”|

The recent fall in oil prices means OPEC member countries will have to revise their government spending policies.

In an article for The Conversation|, Dr Steffen Hertog examines the long term economic and political implications for the Gulf states.

Read the full article on The Conversation website|

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Government department celebrates excellent research rankings|

The 2014 REF exercise ranked the LSE Government and International Relations Departments' joint submission first in the UK for the percentage of its research graded world leading or internationally excellent (88%). LSE also came top in the Politics and International Studies REF panel in terms of the most research publications graded “world leading” (4*); the absolute number of top-rated research outputs.

The Department of Government also submitted 4 Impact Case Studies, demonstrating the impact of our research on politics and policy-making in the UK and elsewhere in the world:

To find out more about our world leading research, visit the LSE research impact website|

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Introducing our latest Undergraduate research|

An Undergraduate Government dissertation allows our students to build invaluable skills and experience, as well as giving them the opportunity to tap into the wealth of world-leading research carried out by our faculty.

We interviewed some of the Department’s recent BSc programme graduates, who told us about their undergraduate research and how it’s broadened their academic and professional possibilities.

Watch their videos to find out more|

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Professor Tony Travers named in local government influence list|

The Local Government Chronical has named Professor Tony Travers at number 34 in their ‘LGC100’, which identifies the 100 most influential people in local government.

The judging panel looked at who they believe will exercise the most influence in 2015, describing Professor Travers as, “the independent, credible commentator and analyst of local government affairs”.

Read the article in full on the LGC website|

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Martin Lodge on Bank Fines|

Released on: 20 November 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Martin Lodge

Professor Martin Lodge discusses the recent foreign exchange scandal, the fines levied on Banks by UK, US and Switzerland regulators and the wider picture of financial regulation

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Dr Jill Stuart discusses the recent Virgin Galactic tragedy|

Released on: 12 November 2014

Contributor(s): Dr Jill Stuart

Dr Jill Stuart discusses the recent Virgin Galactic tragedy and its implications for commercial space activity.

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Diane Abbott on London: A Tale of Two Cities|

Speaker(s): Diane Abbott MP Recorded on 22 October 2014 in CLM4.02, Clement House.The lecture focused on the challenges facing London as a city and policy ideas to address these, chiefly the growing nature of inequality in London, the city’s growing population, the escalating housing crisis, the impact of welfare reform, and the effects of the health and social care act on public health. Additionally, the talk will seek to address the issue of powers available to City Hall in the light of the devolution question.

Diane Abbott is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987, when she became the first black woman to be elected to the House of Commons. In 2010, Abbott became Shadow Public Health Minister after unsuccessfully standing for election to the leadership of the Labour Party. She tweets as @HackneyAbbott.

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Prescription to reform the world of Arab business|

8th October, Financial Times: Steffen Hertog writes in the Financial Times 'Prescription to reform the world of Arab business'


The LSE is proud to launch a new BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, ready for entry in October 2015


LSE Cities and the LSE Department of Government are pleased to announce that the London School of Economics and Political Science has appointed Dame Tessa Jowell as a Professor of Practice on a part-time basis.

Professor Jowell will be working with both LSE Cities and the Department of Government in a range of academic and outreach initiatives. Tessa Jowell will stand down from the UK Parliament at the next election in May 2015 after having served as an MP for the London constituency of Dulwich and West Norwood since 1992. Throughout her career in public service, Jowell has developed extensive experience of regeneration, urban policy and building the human capital of residents in inner city and deprived areas.

She was Secretary of State for the Culture, Media and Sports for the UK Government from 2001 to 2007, and Minister for the Olympics responsible for guiding the successful 2012 Olympic Games in London and setting up the dynamics for a long-term legacy in East London.

She was Minister for Women in 2006-2007 and has been awarded a Menschel Senior Fellowship in advanced leadership at Harvard University School of Public Health.

At LSE she will contribute to teaching and research activities across departments, take part in the Urban Age conference on ‘Governing Urban Futures’ in Delhi in November 2014 and will coordinate a public seminar series on key issues facing Londoners from January 2015.

On Monday 8 December 2014, Tessa Jowell will deliver an inaugural public lecture in LSE’s Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Building Capacity in Urban Communities, chaired by Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE.

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World Cup Heartache Could Mean Victory For South America's Social Justice Protesters|

15 July, Huffington Post: Dr Francisco Panizza offers insight into the street violence seen in many South American nations following World Cup defeat.



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Tony Travers on the 2014 party conferences|

Released on: 14 October 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Tony Travers

Professor Tony Travers reflects on the party conference season and the results of the recent UK by-elections.

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Simon Hix on the results of the Scottish independence referendum|

Released on 24 September 2014.

Professor Simon Hix discusses the results of the Scottish independence referendum and the future of both Scotland and the rest of the UK.

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Tony Travers on Scottish Independence|

Released on: 25 June 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Tony Travers

Tony Travers discusses the possibility of Scottish independence and the potential implications for the UK.

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Simon Hix on the European Elections 2014|

Released on: 30 May 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Simon Hix

Professor Simon Hix discusses the results of the 2014 European parliamentary elections.

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Tony Travers on Local Elections 2014|

Released on: 27 May 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Tony Travers

Tony Travers discusses results of the 2014 Local Election.

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UK Budget 2014|

Released on: 25 March 2014
Contributor(s): Professor Martin Lodge

Martin Lodge discusses the recent UK budget.

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Simon Hix on Merkel and the EU|

Released on: 11 March 2014
Contributor(s): Simon Hix
Simon Hix discusses Angela Merkel's recent visit to London and Britain's future within the EU.

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UKIP and the European Elections|

Released on: 7 February 2014

Contributor(s):Maja Kluger Rasmussen

Maja Kluger Rasmussen discusses UKIP and the upcoming European Elections.

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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.


Please join us this week for the Seminar in Comparative and International Political Economy and International Development on Friday 10 October 2014 at 15:00.

Nita Rudra, Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, will speak on, "Poor Democracies in a Conundrum: International Trade and Government Revenues in Developing Countries"

Location: Graham Wallas Room (5th floor of the Old Building – near SDR)

If you would like a copy of the paper, please email Leo Baccini at l.baccini@lse.ac.uk| 



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GV311: British Government|

The British Government course (GV311) is a new Undergraduate Course with open public access.

Members of the public are welcome to attend any or all of the weekly lectures or to follow the course online. The whole event and seminar package will appear online after they have been edited and upload



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. Each issue focuses on a particular theme. The theme of our most recent issue, Dispatch Box 19, is 'Elections'.

Click here to read Dispatch Box 19 >>|

Please contact the editors (gov.admin@lse.ac.uk) if you would like to submit a suggestion or news item for Dispatch Box.


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