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Department of Government
London School of Economics
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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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

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.

Rio 2016 Olympics: a rite of non-passage
In 2009 Rio won the race to host the Olympics amid a wave of Brazilian optimism, however in 2016 some Brazilians are feeling less than enthusiastic about the games. Flavia Donadelli and Bruno Queiroz Cunha argue that the discontent and controversy surrounding Rio 2016 highlights the deep-seated political, social and economic problems that Brazil needs to address. The optimism of […]

Professor Anthony Smith
It was with profound sadness that we learned of the death of Anthony Smith, Emeritus Professor in Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Department of Government, this week. Professor Smith’s many important contributions to the field of Ethnicity and Nationalism and the Department of Government have been memorialised in a tribute from Dr John Hutchinson, which can be read on the […]

First Women at the Polls: what impact did women’s suffrage have on politics?
Department of Government Research Fellow Mona Morgan-Collins introduces her PhD thesis on women’s voting behaviour. As women in Western countries began to win the right to vote in the early 20th century the conventional wisdom was that they would naturally lean towards more conservative political parties or might ‘follow their husband’s lead’ in elections. Mona Morgan-Collins’ research shows that in […]

‘Identity, integration & community’: looking back at our Cumberland Lodge Conference 2016
Dr Jill Stuart takes a look back at Cumberland Lodge 2016; the Department of Government’s annual conference which gives students the opportunity to engage with, academics, experts and policy makers. A weekend of lectures and discussion Each year the Department of Government offers its students the opportunity to attend a weekend of lectures and discussion at Cumberland Lodge. The Lodge […]

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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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Watch the latest videos in our 'HotSeat' series

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

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 […]

HOTSEAT: Simon Hix on the EU Referendum
As the EU Referendum takes centre stage following the 5 May Elections, Simon Hix discusses the key factors and possible outcomes of this ‘once in a generation’ vote on 23 June.   For the latest analysis of 2016’s electoral contests, go to UK Elections 2016 on GovBlog.   Simon Hix is Harold Laski Professor in Political Science in the Department of Government and […]

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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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