Political Theory Group

Researching political theory and philosophy

The LSE is a leading centre for the study of political theory and philosophy, constituting one of the UK's largest concentrations of researchers in this area and related fields. The Political Theory Group in the Department of Government maintains close relations with political theorists and philosophers in other parts of the School, for example in the Departments of Law, Philosophy, and International Relations.

The Group is characterised by a vibrant research culture, centred around an active doctoral programme and a highly regarded external speaker series. We provide a research-led teaching programme at the MSc level, which attracts students from many different parts of the world.


The group runs a regular Political Philosophy Research Seminar and Doctoral Workshop: Political Theory.

GV503 Political Philosophy Research Seminar

The Political Theory Group invites domestic and international guest speakers to present and discuss papers. The seminar is attended by staff members, and PhD students from the Department of Government, but it also has regular participants from other departments and universities. Visitors are welcome.

Programme 2019/20

All seminars take place Thursday 16:00-18:00 in building 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Room 32L.LG.18 (Lower Ground Floor). They are typically followed by drinks. Everyone is invited.

Michaelmas Term

10 October
Michael Bennett (Utrecht/LSE), 'Business Ethics and Democracy.'

24 October
Nicholas Vrousalis (Rotterdam), 'What is structural domination?'

14 November
Andrew Walton (Newcastle), 'Residential integration, on the terms of the disadvantaged.' 

21 November
David Schmidtz (Arizona), 'Rediscovering Moral Science.' 

28 November 
Jun-Hyeok Kwak (Sun Yat-sen University), 'Historical reconciliation with the reciprocal non-domination: reconsidering neo-republican ideals of global justice in Northeast Asian context.'

Lent Term

30 January
Tejas Parasher (Cambridge), 'Nation and Sovereignty in Democracies of the East.' 

6 February
Nadia Urbinati (Columbia), 'Populism and Democracy.'

13 February
Sarah Fine (Kings), 'Knowing My Place.' 

Sophie Smith (Oxford), 'A Change of World: Feminism, Utopia, Political Theory.' 

19 March
Seminar cancelled

Summer Term

7 May
Seminar cancelled

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Research areas

One of the Group's key assets is the breadth and diversity of interests and expertise, including:

  • Contemporary moral philosophy and political theory

  • History of political thought

  • Comparative political theory

  • Philosophy of social science

  • Rational and social choice theory