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Email: Tony Travers
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Email: Martin Rogers
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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.   

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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.

Is Labour’s dominance of Welsh politics under threat?
Ahead of the Welsh Assembly elections on Thursday 5th May, Roger Scully analyses each party’s prospects. Labour’s history of dominance Only a brave person would bet against the Labour party coming first in next week’s Welsh Assembly election. Labour have long been the dominant political force in Wales. Subsequent to Lloyd George’s victory in the 1918 ‘Coupon’ election, there have […]

Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough: Can UKIP advance?
As voters go to the polls for the Sheffield, Brightside & Hillsborough by-election on the 5 May, Martin Rogers suggests that it the performance of The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) which is of greatest interest. The by-election for the Parliamentary seat of Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough by-election will be held on the 5 May to coincide with the Local Elections in […]

London 2016: What factors will decide who becomes the new Mayor?
In advance of the 5 May elections for the office of London Mayor and the London Assembly, Tony Travers and Martin Rogers analyse the issues which may influence the outcome, how demographic change may affect the result and which Assembly constituencies may change hands.   The London Mayoral race is among the highest-profile contests of the May 2016 elections.  The Labour […]

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Next British Government @ LSE Event

‘Can the Welfare State Survive?’ By Andrew Gamble

Date: Wednesday 11 May 2016
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker:  Professor Andrew Gamble
Chair:  Professor Tony Travers



After the most serious economic crash since the 1930s and the slowest recovery on record, austerity rules. Spending on the welfare state did not cause the crisis, but the default policy response has become deep cuts in welfare budgets. The welfare state is seen as a burden on wealth creation which can no longer be afforded in an ever more competitive global economy.  There are calls for it to be dismantled altogether.

Can the Welfare State survive? challenges narrow definitions of welfare and explains why capitalist democracies still need generous, inclusive welfare states for all their citizens, and are rich enough to provide them. It explores why welfare states were set up in the first place,  and the arguments for and against organising social spending through the state. It examines the challenges of affordability, international competitiveness, new social risks and ageing, and why they pose such intractable political dilemmas. Welfare states are in peril, but understanding the nature of the challenges they face can help identify what needs to be done to make them more resilient. Political will and imagination are needed both to reform and extend our welfare states, and crucially to continue to find the means to fund them.     


Andrew Gamble is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield and Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences. His books include The free economy and the strong state (1988); Hayek: the iron cage of liberty (1996); Politics and Fate (2000); Between Europe and America: the future of British politics (2003), and Crisis without end? The unravelling of western prosperity (2014). In 2005 he received the Isaiah Berlin Prize from the Political Studies Association for lifetime contribution to political studies.


This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us at gov.britgov@lse.ac.uk or 0207 955 6060.

Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to request a press seat or have a media query about this event, email Gov.Britgov@lse.ac.uk. Please note that press seats are usually allocated at least 24 hours before each event.



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. 

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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.


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


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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