Events

  • Permalink Gallery

    The plumage and the bird: We need to reappraise what is ‘essential’ and what is ‘superfluous’ in political life

The plumage and the bird: We need to reappraise what is ‘essential’ and what is ‘superfluous’ in political life

Political theories have often included frameworks that minimise the importance of some aspects of human flourishing and prioritise others. Rodney Barker takes issue with these distinctions, arguing for the fundamental importance of cultural choices and display in understanding human conduct in his new book titled ‘Cultivating Politics and Public Identity: Why Plumage Matters’.

At the end of the eighteenth century, […]

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

Hallelujah Lulie reflects on Matthew d’Ancona’s recent public lecture at LSE where he discussed his new book Post Truth: The New War on Truth and How we Fight Back. Listen to the podcast.

How did the anti-establishment and anti-status quo movement end up as anti-truth?

It made it into the mainstream so fast that by the time it was named the Oxford […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Butterfly Politics: changing the law to advance gender equality

Butterfly Politics: changing the law to advance gender equality

MSc student Jodie Levy reviews Professor Catharine A MacKinnon’s new book Butterfly Politics, following an event at LSE on 18 May 2017 hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

The true strength of the law often doesn’t enter our thoughts until we have to report a crime. It’s frequently in unfortunate circumstances that we find ourselves having to […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    How ‘groupthink’ in Theresa May’s Downing Street delivered another round of UK political chaos

How ‘groupthink’ in Theresa May’s Downing Street delivered another round of UK political chaos

The UK’s political turmoil has continued with the Conservatives’ disastrous 2017 campaign. But what lead to the multiple miscalculations involved? Patrick Dunleavy argues that it forms part of a wider pattern of mis-governing from the centre of Whitehall that has characterized Theresa May’s leadership style from the outset.

All British Prime Ministers end their careers in failure. Either they are […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    ‘Recursive communication’ on mitigating today’s crisis of legitimacy

‘Recursive communication’ on mitigating today’s crisis of legitimacy

MSc student Mary Diduch details the gap between constituents and those in elected office outlined by Jane Mansbridge in her ‘Listening to One’s Constituents? Now, There’s an Idea’ Brian Barry memorial lecture, held at LSE on Monday 15 May 2017. Listen to the event podcast.

How should elected representatives best communicate with citizens?

It’s an age-old question, one that extends beyond […]

Inequality in Mexico and How to Address It

MSc student Erica Belcher provides an overview of the LSE Mexico Week 2017 launch event on ‘Inequality in Mexico and How to Address It’, which took place on Monday 6 March. Listen to the podcast recording.

Income inequality is no new news for Mexico. In fact, the words of Alexander von Humboldt (1811) ring as true today as they did […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Truth for Giulio Regeni!: Tragedy, Complex Complicity and the Pursuit of Effective Transnational Advocacy

Truth for Giulio Regeni!: Tragedy, Complex Complicity and the Pursuit of Effective Transnational Advocacy

MSc student Cazadira Fediva Tamzil reflects on the ‘Truth for Giulio Regeni!’ Transnational Activism & Human Rights Violations in Egypt’ LSE Department of Government event, which took place on Thursday 2 March 2017. Listen to the podcast recording.

On Thursday 2 March 2017 the LSE Department of Government Collective Action Forum hosted a ground-breaking event entitled ‘Truth for Giulio Regeni!’ Transnational […]

Nations Torn Asunder: The Challenge of Civil War

MSc student Bryan Mutiso provides a comprehensive review of the ‘Nations Torn Asunder’ LSE Literary Festival event, which took place on Thursday 23 February 2017.

Was Brexit a Populist Revolution?

MSc Public Policy and Administration student Hassan Burke reflects on the ‘Was Brexit a Populist Revolution?’ LSE Literary Festival 2017 event, which took place on Tuesday 21 February.
Listen to the podcast recording of the event.

The political upheaval experienced the world over in recent months and years is surely, at this point, old news. Political turmoil may just be the […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    How Do Western Democracies Cope with the Challenge of Diversity?

How Do Western Democracies Cope with the Challenge of Diversity?

MSc student Pia Morar reviews the recent Department of Government public lecture, held in memory of Anthony Smith, at LSE on Thursday 9 February 2017 with speaker Professor Sammy Smooha. Listen to the podcast recording of the event.

How Do Western Democracies Cope with the Challenge of Diversity?

On Thursday 9 February, the first of a series of lectures in memory of Anthony Smith was […]