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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: Dr 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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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.

Read the full interview

Professor Tony Travers discusses the 'shock result' in the 2015 general election

Tony Travers reacts to ‘shock’ election result

On the morning after polling day we sat down with Professor Tony Travers to discuss the result of the 2015 General Election, which surprised the majority of commentators by producing a Conservative majority. He analyses some of the key questions arising from one of the most intriguing electoral contests in recent years.

Watch the video

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Book Launch: 'Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America'

How and when can democracies tax economic elites? Department of Government affiliate academic Dr Tasha Fairfield examines inequality and taxation in Latin America in her new book Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America: Business Power and Tax Politics. Join Dr Tasha, David Soskice and Robert Faulkner to discuss the key themes of the book on 13 May.

Attend the book launch

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Professor Martin Lodge awarded funding

Professor Martin Lodge, Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR), has been awarded EC Horizon2020 funding to lead a three-year international research collaboration on EU transboundary crisis-management. The project, TransCrisis, places CARR at the heart of an emerging European wide research infrastructure in crisis and risk management.

Find out more about TransCrisis

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Catch up on British Government lectures

Our British Government open lecture series (GV311) has now finished for 2014/15. However you can catch up will of all of the lectures by watching our online videos.

Watch all GV311 lectures in full

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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

Martin Lodge hotseat Bank fines

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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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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Business Politics in the Middle East

Edited by: Steffen Hertog, Giacomo Luciani and Marc Valeri

Buy online

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.

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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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