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Department of Government
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
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: Declan Mullan|
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7909


Postgraduate Enquiries
Email: Sue Sharkey|
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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Ryan Jablonski

International aid being used to influence elections|

Research conducted by Dr Ryan Jablonski has found Governments of democratic developing countries are using international aid to support their election drive.

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Professor Katrin Flikschuh awarded Leverhulme International Networks Grant|

Professor Katrin Flikschuh has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust International Networks Grant to work with colleagues from African, European and American universities on a project  entitled  ‘Domesticating Global Justice: Global Normative Theorizing in African Political Contexts’.

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Tony Travers

Open access course: GV311 British Government|

The complete course of lectures from from British Government (GV311)are now available to view online. The course provides an introduction to contemporary British government, notably the institutions involved and processes of policy-making.

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In Conversation with Cherie Blair|

 Date: Thursday 1 May 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: The Venue, basement, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Cherie Blair, leading lawyer, committed campaigner for women’s rights and wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be speaking to LSE staff and students as part of the 'In Conversation' lecture series.

This event is open to LSE staff, students and alumni only

Martin Lodge

UK Budget 2014|

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

Martin Lodge discusses the recent UK budget.

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hotseat Simon Hix on Merkel and EU

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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Tony Travers on Nelson Mandela

Tony Travers on Nelson Mandela|

Released on: 10 December 2013

Contributor(s): Professor Tony Travers

Professor Tony Travers on Nelson Mandela's life and legacy following his death.

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Tony Travers

Analysis of the Party Conferences 2013|

Released on: 3 October 2013

Contributor(s): Tony Travers

Tony Travers discusses the 2013 party conference season.

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Martin Lodge September 2013 Hot Seat

German Elections|

Released on: 27 September 2013

Contributor(s): Professor Martin Lodge

Martin Lodge discusses the September 2013 German elections and their implications for both Germany and the EU.

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Business Politics in the Middle East book cover

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.


Tuesday 13 May 

The Brian Barry Memorial Lecture: Dirty Hands and Moral Absolutes|

Speaker:  Susan Mendus
Chair: Dr. Lea Ypi
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: The Alumni Theatre






Thursday 5 June

Shaping tastes. Attitude campaigns and persuasion as  tools of public policy

Speaker:  Professor Claus Offe
Chair: Dr Steffan Hertog/Dr Jonathan Hopkin
Time:18:30 - 20:00
Location: New Theatre


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