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Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Speaker: Iain Dale, author and presenter on LBC Radio

Chair: Tony Travers, Professor in the LSE Department of Government and Associate Dane of the School of Public Policy



Democracy and the Supreme Court: Judges and the Politicians

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Speaker: Lord Falconer, former UK Lord Chancellor 

Chair: Paul Apostolidis, Associate Professorial Lecturer, Department of Government



Europe's (Euro) Crisis of Legitimacy

Wednesday 18 November 2020


 Past events


LSE Political Theory Graduate Conference

Thursday 12 - Friday 13 March 2020

Speakers: Professor Clare Chambers (Cambridge), Professor Philippe van Parjis (Louvain)

 The Death of Stalin 

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Speaker: Armando Iannucci, writer, director and producer Chair: Jonathan Hopkin, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, LSE

Unions and Thier Break-ups: the UK's attempted secession from the EU, and its possible outcomes 

Monday 3 February 2020

Speaker: Brendan O'Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania Chair: Bill Kissane, Associate Professor (Reader) in Politics, LSE 


The Far Right Today

Tuesday 3 December 2019

Speaker: Cas Mudde, Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia Chair: Sara Hobolt, Sutherland Chair in European Institutions in the LSE Department of Government

The New Politics of the People 

Thursday 14 November 2019

Speaker: Jack Shenker, journalist and author of Now We Have Your Attention
Chair: Florian Foos, Assistant Professor in Political Behaviour

Reading and Writing the Chinese Dream

Monday 21 October 2019

Speakers: Timothy Cheek, University of British Columbia
David Ownby, University of Montreal 
Joshua A. Fogel, University of York 
Chair: Leigh Jenco, Professor of Political Theory in the LSE Department of Government 

Margaret Thatcher - Herself Alone

Monday 14 October 2019

Speaker: Charles Moore, journalist and former editor of the Daily Telegraph 
Chair: Tony Travers, Professor in the LSE Department of Government 

Prison Abolition? Incarceration and the Limits of Functional Critique 

Tuesday 14 May 2019

Speaker: Tommie Shelby, Professor of African and African American Studies and Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University
Chair: Lea Ypi, Professor of Political Theory in the LSE Department of Government

Iran's Role in the Middle East 

Thursday 23 May 2019

Speakers: Jack Straw, former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 
Mariam Memarsadeghi, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Tavaana and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland
Kasra Aarabi, Iran Analyst at the Tony Blair Insitutute for Global Change 

Chair: Katerina Dalacoura, Associate Professor of International Relations in the LSE Department of International Relations


American Diplomacy in a Disordered World 

Thursday 4 April 2019

Speaker: William J Burns, retired diplomat and author of 'The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal' 

Chair: Christopher Coker, Professor of Inrernational Relations and Director of LSE IDEAS

Sacred Mandates: Asian International Relations Since Chinggis Khan

Tuesday 2 April 2019 

Speaker: Timothy Brook, A historian of China whose work has focused on the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) 
Chair: Leigh Jenco, Professor in Political Theory, LSE Department of Government 

Mutiny on the Patty Snow: Contradictions of East India Company Expansion in the Late Eighteenth Century 

Tuesday 2 April

Speaker: Megan Thomas, Associate Professor, UC Santa Cruz

History from Between: Global Circulations of the Past in East Asia and Europe

Monday 1 April 2019

The East Asian Uses of the European Past project, funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area, hosted a one-day conference on 1 April 2019 to discuss the creation of historical knowledge between East Asia and Europe from 1600-1950. 

The Architectonic of Reason

Friday 29 March 2019

A manuscript workshop on Lea Ypi’s forthcoming book: The Architectonic of Reason: Teleology and Systematic Unity in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason.

What have we learnt from the financial crisis

Monday 18 March 2019 

Speaker: Rt Hon Vince Cable, MP for Twickenham since 2017 and Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Chair: Jonathan Hopkin, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, LSE Department of Government 

Democratising the Knowledge Economy: A Workshop with Roberto Mangabeira Unger
Monday 18 March 2019 

Speakers: Roberto Unger, Harvard Law School 
Lea Ypi, LSE
Martin O'Neill, University of York
Isaac Stanley, Nesta 

LSE Film Event: 'Peterloo' and Q&As with director, Mike Leigh

Thursday 7 March 2019

Mike Leigh OBE FRSL is an English writer and director of film and theatre.
Dr Jacqueline Riding is an art historian, historian, adviser and author.
Chair: Jonathan Hopkin, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, LSE Department of Government 


Saving Democracy from Politicians. Do We Need Professional Representatives?
6 December 2018

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the professionalisation of politics? In this inaugural lecture Valentino Larcinese discussed evidence from the Five Star Movement in the Italian parliament.


What is Ahead for Mexico? The 2018 Electoral Process and the Country Outlook
Tuesday 30 October - Thursday 1 November 2018 | London School of Economics and Political Science

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 Politics as Performance: Will the American Fascination with 'Trump Style' Survive the 2018 Midterms?

31 October 2018

Erik Bucy reviewed focus group, survey, and Twitter data to assess the resonance of Trump’s communication style with voters and to gain insights into how his mélange of nonverbal theatrics and verbal directness bonds supporters while at the same time alienating critics.

Modi's India, Erdogan's Turkey, and the Crisis of the Secular State in the Non-Western World

23 October 2018

This lecture marks the publication of Sumantra Bose's new book, Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism.

 National Populism: the revolt against liberal democracy

22 October 2018

Matthew Goodwin presented his new guide to one of the most urgent political phenomena of our time: the rise of national populism.

 The Political Economy of Italy's Decline

11 October 2018

This event marked the launch of a book on Italy’s present decline, which uses institutional analysis to retrace in the country’s recent history the roots of its politico-economic equilibrium.

Restating Orientalism: A Critique of Modern Knowledge

4 October 2018

Wael B. Hallaq reevaluates and deepens the critique of Orientalism in order to deploy it for rethinking the foundations of the modern project.


Spending to Win - How governments use subsidies to win votes and support businesses
30 May 2018

A discussion of how and why governments support businesses using subsidies and tax breaks in an increasingly integrated global economy.

The Great Reversal: How Neoliberalism turned the Economic Aspirations of Liberalism Upside Down
14 May 2018

Liberal economic ideals, once advanced to favor workers, now favor capital owners. Elizabeth Anderson explains why, and ties this reversal to contemporary populist political crises.

The other neoliberalism: German ordoliberalism after the Euro crisis
10 May 2018

As contributors to the recent edited volume on Ordoliberalism, Law and the Rule of Economics (eds. Hien and Joerges; Hart Publishing), the speakers on this panel will explore Ordoliberalism from variety of disciplinary perspectives, charting both its theoretical iterations and its contemporary political significance.

After the Hague Tribunal
3 May 2018

The panel discussed the implications for accountability for war crimes in the Balkans following the closure of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

How to Rig an Election
1 May 2018

In this talk, Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas showed how to rig an election - with the hopes that the lesson will help save democracy.

Rethinking Transitional Justice and Reconciliation 
26 April 2018

The panel discussion launched a special issue of the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies coedited by James Hughes and Denisa Kostovicova of LSE’s Department of Government. 

The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain
8 March 2018

This event explored Baroness Sayeeda Warsi's new book titled 'The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain' and questions of cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice and the meaning of 'British values'.

Why we don't trust the news, and what to do about it
8 February 2018

This lecture delved into the shifting expectations of media, including what makes information trustworthy and what steps can be taken to earn back trust.

Bullshit and Post-truth Politics
30 January 2018

This event with Matthew D'Ancona, Tanya Filer, Andre Spicer and Juliane Reinecke discussed how bullshit has taken over the worlds of business and increasingly the political arena. Jonathan Hopkin chaired the discussion.

The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's attack on democracy
24 January 2018

Brian Klaas argued forcefully that with every autocratic tactic or tweet, Trump further erodes democratic norms in the world’s most powerful democracy. Jonathan Hopkin chaired the discussion.

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Cultural backlash: The Rise of Populist Authoritarianism
6 December 2017

Pippa Norris explains rising voting support for populist parties in Europe as part of a cultural backlash. Bill Kissane chaired the discussion.

Implementing Peace in Colombia: A Conversation with Mariana Escobar
29 November 2017

Mariana Escobar explored the challenges and prospects of sustainable peace-building on the ground in Colombia.  Francisco Panizza chaired the discussion.

Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon
9 November 2017

Rachel Reeves MP discussed the political life and legacy of Alice Bacon – the first woman MP for Leeds and Yorkshire. David Soskice chaired the discussion.

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Post-truth politics: Being a savvy news consumer
8 November 2017

This event included speakers Ali Cirone, Ben Lyons and Jason Reifler who all provided tips and tricks on how to successfully evaluate political information found on social media or political campaigns. Thomas Leeper chaired the discussion.
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Palestinian Rights, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement, and Transnational Solidarity
7 November 2017

This panel brought together leading Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) protagonists, rights-activists and academics to discuss the movement and its prospects. Panellists included Omar Barghouti, Samia Al-Botmeh, John Chalcraft, Nicola Pratt and Rafeef Ziadah.
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 Syria – The Impossible Revolution: Launch of Documentary Feature Film

18 October 2017

Syria - The Impossible Revolution' is a feature length documentary film that explores the roots of the peaceful uprising in Syria in 2011, and how it turned into a revolution that has been so brutally crushed. Brian Klaas hosts a Q&A with Paul Conroy, Peter Tatchell, Ronan Tynan and Sawsan Abou Zainedin following the screening.

Why International State-Building Fails: a New Interpretation
11 October 2017

A panel including Susan Woodward, Christine Cheng and Denisa Kostovicova discusses Woodward’s book, The Ideology of Failed States (CUP 2017), an analysis of the significant but counterproductive role played by the concept of failed states in shaping international order and intervention since the early 1990s.

Democracy and Its Crisis
5 October 2017

Winston Churchill described democracy as 'the least bad of all systems.' So it is, when it works. But it has been made to fail - notice those words: 'made to fail' - in at least two of its leading examples in today’s world, the US and the UK. A. C. Grayling examines how democracy has been made to fail and how to put it right.

If Only They Didn't Speak English: notes from Trump's America
7 September 2017

Jon Sopel, BBC North America Editor, talks about his new book 'If Only They Didn’t Speak English – Notes from Trump’s America' in which he sets out to analyse how a country that he says once stood for the grandest of aspirations is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division, and increasingly perverse beliefs.

Post Truth: The New War on Truth and How To Fight Back
27 June 2017

One of the UK’s most respected commentators, Matthew d’Ancona, launches a powerful and deeply personal campaign in this urgent fightback manifesto. A precious value is being eroded – Truth. It’s time to leap to its protection.


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