Public Lecture Series

For questions, please contact Steffen Hertog ( or the administrative team at the Government Department (

Past Events

Thursday 5 June 2014

Shaping Tastes: attitude campaigns and persuasion as tools of public policy

Speaker: Professor Claus Offe
Chair: Dr Ken Shadlen
Media: Podcast

Tuesday 4 March 2014

Historical Institutionalism and the Politics of Institutional Change

Speaker: Prof. Giovanni Capoccia (Oxford)
Chair: Jonathan Hopkin, Government Department

Monday 17 February 2014

Social Movements, Political Violence and the State

Speaker: Professor Donatella Della Porta
Chair: Dr Omar McDoom 
Media: Podcast

Thursday 30 January 2014

History and Rebellion: The Origins of Self-Determination Conflicts in the Modern World

Speaker: Professor Benjamin Smith, University of Florida
Chair: Professor John Sidel, Government/International Relations, LSE

Thursday 28 November 2013

Foreign Fighters in Syria: Local and Global Repercussions

Speaker: Thomas Hegghammer, FFI Oslo
Chair: Steffen Hertog, Department of Government

Monday 4 November 2013

Land and Elections:  African Debates on Property, Citizenship, and the National Market

Speaker: Professor Catherine Boone
Dr. Omar Shahabudin McDoom

Monday 21 October 2013

Book talk: Hierarchical Capitalism in Latin America - Business, Labor, and the Challenges of Equitable Development

Speaker: Prof. Ben Ross Schneider, MIT
Chair: David Soskice, Department of Government

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Book discussion: Strong Constitutions – Social-cognitive origins of the separation of powers

Speaker:  Prof. Maxwell Cameron, University of British Colombia 
Chair:  George Phillip, Department of Government

Thursday June 27 2013

Luck, Leadership, and Legitimacy in Transitions to Democracy: Lessons from South Africa and the Middle East

Speaker: Professor Ian Shapiro
Chair:  Mayling Birney, Department of International Development

Co-organized by the Department of International Development and the Department of Government Comparative Politics and Political Theory Group

Thursday 23 May 2013

Book launch: Austerity - the History of a Dangerous Idea

Speaker: Prof. Mark Blyth, Brown University
Chair: Jonathan Hopkin, Department of Government

Media: Video

Monday 18 March 2013

Reassessing Collective Petitioning in Rural China: Civic Engagement, Extra-State Violence, and Regional Variation

Speakers: Prof. William Hurst, Northwestern University
Chair: Dr. Dann Naseemullah, Department of Government

Thursday 14 March 2013

The Economic and Politics of the Euro Crisis: A Varieties-of-Capitalism Perspective

Speaker: Prof. Peter Hall, Harvard
Chair: Prof. David Soskice, Government Department

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Nationalism and transnational history

Chair:Professor Craig Calhoun

A panel discussion of the recently published The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism, edited by John Breuily.

The seminar is supported by the Department of Government and the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN).

Tuesday 12 February 2013

 Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War

Speaker: Prof. Jeff Colgan, American University
Chair: Guy Michaels, Department of Economics

Monday 21 January 2013

Narendra Modi and Gujarat after the state elections

Speaker: Prof. Christophe Jaffrelot, Sciences Po
Chair: Dann Naseemullah, Government Department

Thursday 25 October 2012

Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization

Speaker: Dr. Sherrill Stroschein, University College London 

The lecture discussed how problems of ethnic politics have been overcome in new democracies in Eastern Europe. It analyzed in particular how ethnic contention in Romania and Slovakia became a deliberative process that moderated political claims, allowing democratic consolidation to slowly and organically take root - even after a violent riot between Hungarians and Romanians in 1990.

Wednesday 14 November 2012

Developmental Diasporas in China and India:  A Reconsideration of Conventional Capital

Speaker:  Prof. Kellee Tsai, Johns Hopkins University

Media: Podcast

Tuesday 06 November 2012  

Book Talk: The Political Construction of Business Interests: Coordination, Growth and Equality

Speaker: Professor Cathie Jo Martin, Boston University

Wednesday 7 March 2012 

The Future of Egalitarian Capitalism, in Light of its Past

Speaker: Professor Kathleen Thelen
Chair: Dr Steffen Hertog

Do economic crisis and the emergence of service economies make established ideas about "liberal" and "coordinated" capitalism obsolete? Kathleen Thelen is the Ford Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Media: Video