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British Government @ LSE

British Government

British Government@LSE is an initiative currently based in the Government Department to promote and develop research on British Government being conducted at the LSE. So far world class speakers have attended our events, talking on a range of topics.

Past events are available on the left hand side menu.


From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend that if you plan to attend this event you check back on this listing on the day of the event.   

Twitter and Facebook

You can get immediate notification on the availability of an event podcast by following LSE public lectures and events on Twitter, which will also inform you about the posting of transcripts and videos, the announcement of new events and other important event updates.

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UK Elections 2016

The May 2016 sub-national elections in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, London and England are important both for how public services are administered, and as a reflection of current British Politics.

Read our UK Elections 2016 series on GovBlog for insight and analysis.

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 […]

Immigration and the EU Referendum: claims from both campaigns require deeper analysis
Laura Robbins-Wright examines how immigration emerged as one of the key issues in the EU Referendum debate and argues that some of the claims from both the Leave and Remain campaigns don’t stand up to scrutiny. A longstanding issue of public concern This week, Britons finally have the chance to vote on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member […]

Britain’s EU referendum uncovers a key group – those who feel they have nothing to lose
Martin Rogers analyses the upcoming EU referendum and highlights that certain demographic groups may be pivotal to the outcome. The referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union is currently dominating British politics and could be the single most important issue for Britain’s medium and long term future. It may be that fear of the unknown decides the referendum, but […]

The British Government @ LSE programme has now ended. Please see below for details of our past events and podcasts.
Recordings of past events are available on our Podcasts page.

Research Seminars

We recently ran a new Research Seminar programme where LSE academics discussed their work in their area of British Government. 

This series of events is now over but we hope to begin again soon.

All past seminars are available here. 

Tony Travers

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.


Public event podcasts

Below are British Government @ LSE's recent event podcasts. For any queries with regards to podcasts, please email: gov.britgov@lse.ac.uk


Can The Welfare State Survive?
Date: Wednesday 11 May 2016
Speaker: Professor Andrew Gamble



Hilary Benn on Britain And Europe

Date: Thursday 17 March 2016
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Hilary Benn

Audio, Video


John McDonnell on Labour's Economic Policy

Date: Tuesday 16 February 2016
Time:  6.30-7.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: John McDonnell



Comrade Corbyn: A Very Unlikely Coup

Date: Wednesday 3 February 2016
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Rosa Prince



Immigration and Asylum In Britain and Europe

Date: Tuesday 17th November
Speakers: Sara Hobolt (@sarahobolt) of LSE, Deborah Mattinson (@debmattinson) of Britain Thinks, Eiko Thielemann of LSE.
Chair: Tony Travers (LSE)



Margaret Thatcher - Everything She Wants

Date: Wednesday 11 November 2015
Speaker: Charles Moore




Immigration And Asylum In Britain

Date: Thursday 5th November
Speakers: Eric Kaufman (Birkbeck), Alan Manning (LSE), Polly Toynbee (The Guardian), Christine Whitehead (LSE)
Chair: Tony Travers (LSE)


Eric Kaufmann's Slides are available here

Christine Whitehead's slides are available here


Cameron at 10 - the inside story of Cameron's premiership

Speakers: Dr Anthony Seldon, Peter Snowdon


Beyond the Budget by Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Speaker: Nicola Sturgeon


The British Economy: Past and Future

Date: Wednesday 7 March 2012 
Speaker: Alistair Darling



The Future of London within the UK

Speaker: Boris Johnson


Tim Bale - Five Year Mission: the Labour Party Under Ed Miliband

Date: Monday 20 April 2015
Time:18:30 - 20:00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre
Speaker:Professor Tim Bale

Video (Including slides)
MP3 Audio file


How to Run A Government so that citizens benefit and taxpayers don't go crazy

Speaker: Michael Barber



The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race To Reinvent The State

Speakers: John Micklethwait, Adrian Wooldridge


Diane Abbott MP on London: A Tale of Two Cities.



Book Launch: The History Manifesto
 Professor David Armitage, Dr Jo Guldi, Professor Simon Szreter



Revolt On The Right
: Robert Ford



Margaret Thatcher- Not For Turning

Speaker: Charles Moore



Live from Downing Street: The inside story of power, politics and the media

Speaker: Nick Robinson



A Life In Politics Series

Nigel Lawson
Ken Livingstone
Shirley Williams 

The Future Of The Union Series

Alex Salmond
Martin McGuinness
Carwyn Jones
Lord Heseltine
Boris Johnson  



Why British Government@LSE?

The LSE has always been closely involved in the study, advice and development of British Government with many of our students moving into careers in civil and public service as well as politics, and many of our most notable Professors have contributed to the understanding and development of British Government and politics.

GV311: British Government
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