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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 6816
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7955 635


Undergraduate Enquiries
Email: Carla Seesunkur and Nina Pasquali
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7929


Postgraduate Enquiries
Email: Maria Rolo and Laurence Horstman
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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Dr Denisa Kostovicova awarded funding

Dr Kostovicova has been awarded a Research Fellowship for 2015-16 by the Leverhulme Trust. She will look at ‘Reconciliation Within and Across Divided Societies: evidence from the Balkans’; using her knowledge of Balkan languages, and building on her work on civil society in post-conflict contexts, to study the RECOM process in the region.

Find out more about Dr Kostovicova's work

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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

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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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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


Watch the latest videos in our 'HotSeat' series

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

HOTSEAT: Tony Travers on the Labour leadership contest
With the Labour leadership contest becoming the key British political story of the summer, we sat down with Professor Tony Travers to discuss the candidates, the contest and its implications for the future of the party and the UK’s political landscape.   Tony Travers is a Visiting Professor in the LSE Department of Government and Director of LSE London, a research centre at […]

HOTSEAT: Charlie Beckett on the future of the BBC
Following the announcement of a consultation on the BBC’s future, we sat down with Professor Charlie Beckett to discuss what the implications could be both for the BBC itself and the overall media landscape.   Charlie Beckett is director of Polis, the journalism and society think-tank at the London School of Economics’ Media and Communications Department. He spent 20 years […]

HOTSEAT: Simon Hix on the crisis in Greece
On the Friday following the Greek people’s decisive referendum no vote, we sat down with Professor Simon Hix to discuss the implications of the rapidly evolving crisis for Greece and its European neighbours.   Simon Hix is Professor of European and Comparative Politics at the LSE Department of Government. Follow Simon on Twitter – @simonjhix

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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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