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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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EU Referendum result Q&A for LSE staff and students

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

Expectations, Preferences, and Voter Turnout: An application of Prospect Theory to the Calculus of Voting
Matthew Pennill graduated with a BSc Government and Economics from the Department of Government in 2015. He subsequently completed an MSc Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and will be joining a global financial services firm in 2017 as a Macro Strategist. His research was highly commended in the Poster category at the LSE Research Festival 2016. We asked Matthew a few […]

A Friday Night of Student Research
Hannah Bailey, who is studying a BSc Politics and Philosophy in the Department of Government and is Event Manager for the LSE Undergraduate Political Review (UPR), reflects on the first UPR Colloquium which took place on Friday 4 November. On a rainy Friday night of Reading Week, around 50-55 students attended the first ever “UPR Dissertation Colloquium” in the LSE LIFE […]

Art and Reconciliation: Looking at Post-Conflict Reconstruction in a Different Light
Dr Denisa Kostovicova tells us about her new interdisciplinary research project ‘Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community’, a collaboration with King’s College London and University of the Arts London that takes an innovative approach to reconciliation and conflict resolution. Dr Denisa Kostovicova, Associate Professor of Global Politics in LSE Government, has been awarded funding for a ground-breaking collaborative research […]

Brexit Budget or Business as Usual? Unpicking the 2016 Autumn Statement
The 2016 Autumn Statement has provided the first substantive indication of the fiscal direction of Theresa May’s new government as Brexit negotiations loom on the horizon. Kate Alexander Shaw analyzes the key announcements and checks the political small print. Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement shows us once again that politics in 2016 is operating well outside the normal rules of the game. […]

‘Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of Brexit’: event review
Department of Government MSc Public Policy and Administration student Perry Scott reflects on the recent public lecture by Craig Oliver, who discussed his new book ‘Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of Brexit’, at LSE on Monday 14 November. Craig Oliver’s Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of Brexit is a frank attempt to write history from the view of the Remain side: “We wanted to tell […]

A Postcolonial Approach to Social Science?
How can academia decolonize the social sciences? Lay Sheng, winner of the 2016 GovBlog writing competition, explores the possibilities in his competition winning article. It is a paradox that despite the many conceptual flaws of positivist social science, no new theories have been able to unseat its dominance. The postmodern critique, for example, attempts to generate particularistic accounts of social […]

Watch the latest videos in our 'HotSeat' series

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

HOTSEAT: Brian Klaas on the 2016 US Presidential Election & Implications of a Trump Presidency
As the world continues to digest the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential Election, Brian Klaas discusses the result and what we might expect from a Donald Trump Presidency.   Dr Brian Klaas is Fellow in Comparative Politics at the LSE Department of Government and author of ‘The Despot’s Accomplice’. He is an expert on global democracy, democratic transitions, political […]

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 […]

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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